I am a hobby photographer, work on an Intel-based imac with a 500 Gb internal drive, on Tiger. In addition I have a 160 GB external FW harddrive which is completely full with my pictures. I have already asked some questions on this forum and done some reading and came up with the following.
1. I want to use my 160 GB as a bootable backup - just my OS + apps - should be on this drive
2. I get a Drobo with 2x 750 GB drives where all my datafiles are backed up
I know that I am not protected against fire etc but at least I want to get started. I could always buy another 2 external drives, use the Drobo and then take them to an offsite location.
It looks a bit too simple and I guess I am missing something. I am not a computer expert and need a simple solution that I can manage without an IT-consultant.
Thanks for your help
Simple is good, two copies of everything on two seperate HDs in two seperate locations
leave em unplugged from the mains and the machine to protect from virus and voltage surge
fire up the offsite on occasion to check it out
when these are full get two more
I file stuff by date - ie an HD could be march-july 2008
I think of my images being on a conveyer belt, on the machine HD and the Back up one then on the back up one and back up two
also you can have problems of how/where to store retouches re-processes of old images
Of course you can find images by date but you need to know what date you shot stuff to find it
A simple solution get a Gmail account and e-mail yourself what you shot every day - searchable and backed up by the power of google !
Simple is good - Ican tell you that from the days or tape backup with 'retrospect' what a nightmare
of course you can get more sophisticated with raid or whatever but that is not simple - simple is good
Raid is not backup it about keeping a machine online - eliminatiing the risks of loss of that days work when your pooter goes pop - just dont format your CF cards until the images are safely on an HD - you can rotate through a weeks worth of cards while you shoot
of course you need to back up more than your images - like your copy of PS etc and e-mails (auto forward all to gmail?)