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Backup for Photographers

Your precious image captures are only as safe as the data that describes them. Here’s how to come up with a plan for ensuring their longevity.
written by: Mark Rochkind, Uwe & Bettina Steinmueller

There is an irony about digital photos: they can last forever without degrading (even get better through improved imaging software) and yet they are very volatile, many bits on storage media that can easily get lost or damaged. A backup is a copy of data that is sufficiently independent of the original so that destructive events can’t affect both at the same time. A backup doesn’t prevent destruction of data; it only allows you to recover the data once the destruction has occurred. A simple example of backup is copying files from a laptop to a CD (the act of Read more »