Join Kevin Ames as he dives into the hard drive, why it fails, and the steps that creative professionals can take to protect themselves from data loss.
- Hi, I'm Kevin Ames. I'm a commercial, professional photographer out of Atlanta, Georgia. And I've had my own studio for, well the past several decades. I started on film and that was easy. Storage was not a real problem, because the film couldn't be duplicated, at least not very well. If I wanted an extra frame to have for a portfolio or to put in my own printed materials, I shot an extra picture. 'Cause the original film went to the client and it was gone.
Today in the digital world my life lives on hard drives. I have all of my information that I've been doing for the past almost 25 years stored on hard drives. Did I start with hard drives? No, we'll get into that part in a minute. But what I want you to know is that your data is probably also stored on these spinning wonders, and they're just like light bulbs. They can fail. And actually they will fail.
Just like a light bulb burns out, so will a hard drive. So how do we protect our data and how do we make it safe? Why do hard drives fail? This course is all about protecting that data that would be very expensive to recreate or to recover if the drive fails, or impossible in some cases. Let's begin with the course overview. We want to go through understanding hard drives, how they work and why they fail.
We'll talk about formats for hard drives, because different computer operating systems have different ways of telling the drive how to store data so they can recover it later. We'll talk about RAIDs. Not bug spray, but redundant arrays of inexpensive disks or independent drives, depending on what definition you look up. They are a way of storing data, and we'll get into that in detail. We'll talk about organizing data workflow strategies so you have a way of storing your information that makes a certain amount of sense to you as a human being, or to me as a human being, and leverages what a computer can do to make finding images a whole lot easier.
We'll talk about digital asset management tools, software that we can use to help organize and maintain catalogs of our information. Whether they're photographs, movies, music, or word documents. It doesn't really matter. They all have to be managed in order to be able to find them, and the principles for all of them are the same. We're going to talk about connecting hard drives to different computers and different interfaces that have gone on throughout the years, and we're going to talk about the current ones.
One of the big points of this course is that backups are not an option, they are absolutely mandatory. If you don't have a backup, you will lose your data. It's that simple.
- What is in a hard drive?
- Formats for hard drives
- Using RAIDs for storing digital files
- Organizing assets
- Using digital asset management tools
- Connecting hard drives
- How often to backup
- Long-term backups