This week’s blog post is going to be a little different. I normally write these posts focusing on photography but this week, I’m approaching it from a different direction. I’m writing this weeks post from a photography business owner’s (and IT nerd) point of view so you’ll notice a lack of images. The message this week isn’t completely about the pictures. If anybody reading this has any experience running a business, you know that you often have to make decisions that are more in the interest of C.Y.A. (If you’re not familiar with those initials, Google them. The first entry explains it all). If you are running a photography business (or ANY business for that matter), or just have important data that you just absolutely CANNOT lose, you should really pay attention to this. It is IMPERATIVE that you have some type of data back-up solution. Hard drives are finicky, unpredictable creatures. You can’t plan when your hard drive will crash or when a sector on the disk will go corrupt. Unfortunately, tragic events like fires and floods occur, too. If you’re a business owner, it’s downright stupid to not have your data backed up somewhere.
In my line of work, a huge data loss can get me sued. Let’s say one day I shoot a wedding and come home to transfer all the images to my computer. Then the next day, I have a senior portrait session booked so I clear my memory cards to make room for the portrait session (don’t worry, I know better. This example is just to get my point across). I get home from the portrait session and attempt to transfer those images to my hard drive but when I do, for some reason, my computer can’t see my hard drive any more. Long story short, my drive is toast. OH CRAP!!! What about the wedding I just shot? Those images were on that hard drive! Well, now those images no longer exist and the bride will NOT be happy when I tell her that all the images that I shot from her wedding are gone because I didn’t have a back-up solution for my data. She would have every right to sue me over that, and I wouldn’t have a leg to stand on in court. Realistically, there are ways to recover data from crashed drives but it’s a whole lot easier to just not put yourself in a position to need to recover lost data from fried hard drives.
There are countless back-up solutions out there. There are cloud based solutions like Mozy, Carbonite, Dropbox, and CrashPlan. There are hardware solutions like external hard drives, a Drobo, or a NAS. There really is no excuse for not having your data backed up. If you’re interested in back-up solutions, Google “Home back-up solutions”. Several entries will appear that will provide a wealth of information on options, price, and implementation. You can also feel free to drop me a line. Email me anytime and I’ll gladly answer all the questions I can. If I don’t have the answer, I’ll find it and get back to you. Trust me on this one folks, it’s really worth looking into.