Back the Hell Up Punk

Earlier this week I wrapped a shoot that went over 2 days, in which I shot tethered or straight into the computer for the entire time. The shoot went real well and everyone was happy as it was a big logistical effort to get all the elements right.
The moment I walked in the door, I started typing an email when….BANG, the computer went dead and would not boot back up. Over a couple hours I found out that my hard disk had failed and I had lost everything on there.
Now, luckily I had stuck to a backup system and didn’t wind up losing anything. The shoot had been backed up as I went to another drive, so when I fired the shutter it went to 2 places, the laptop & an external drive. Plus between my server and Time Machine, I didn’t lose anything except my laptop for a couple days. I was able to keep working on my desktop and thanks to the service at Apple they had a new drive installed in about 12 hours.
It took me a long time sifting through a lot of articles and talking to different people to figure out a good way to store my digital assets, and there is a lot of info out there from photographers with all different budgets, so I thought I’d share how I do mine in the hope that it helps someone out there. I made a nice little diagram to explain.

6 thoughts on “Back the Hell Up Punk

  1. Daniel Snare on September 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm says:

    Love the article title Kenny 🙂

    What do you use to copy the photos to RAID array?

  2. Kenny on September 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm says:

    @Daniel, I use a NAS Server from QNAP http://www.qnap.com/ although I’m sure there are a number of good solutions.

  3. Andrew. on September 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm says:

    Best diagram I have seen since 2004, Nice work!

  4. Kenny on September 1, 2011 at 6:50 pm says:

    @Andrew don’t be a hater just cause I’m not an AD

  5. Eden on September 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm says:

    Kenny, a few questions out of interest:
    1. What cloud service do you use?
    2. What software do you use to push your final PSD’s to the cloud?

  6. Kenny on September 4, 2011 at 11:56 am says:

    @ Eden, The cloud storage is under constant review as I’m not 100% happy with what is out there yet. I’m currently using Dropbox’s 50gig of storage, although with space limitations I can only put select files on there, plus need to setup a new account for each year. The Dropbox software once installed is real easy to use, and the undelete features are great.
    Hopefully technology will catch up soon, if anyone comes across any cloud storage solutions they’d like to recommend drop us a line.

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