Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Back up, and then back up again

Backing up your photos is so important. You never know when your camera or your phone may fail, or your hard driver will shatter. It entered my head today that the duty of those left behind after someone close has died is to go through their photos. This was a manageable task before digital photos. It is not so now.

I hope you all have your own back up methods, here are mine.

Photos get copied from the camera to the hard drive. Within a few days I have chosen which I want to use online and move the folder for that day to Drop Box, so they are stored online. Once this is done, I delete them from the camera. About once every 6 months I burn two dvds of all the photos since I last burnt a dvd, one a back up copy. So they are now in three places.

Photos selected to use for my blog go into a folder For Post. Once I have used them, I move them to For Upload and every so often I upload them to Flickr. After that, I move them to another folder called Blog Pics, and yes, it is a rather large folder now. Every so often they will also be copied to a usb stick when I am backing up other things.

When travelling, daily I copy the photos from the camera to, well in the past the notebook or laptop. I didn't do this when in Sydney with only the tablet as I didn't have the right connecting lead. Yes, I could have used wifi to transfer them, but I had never set it up. I have with the new camera and may well do it that way in the future, although just buying the right lead with the correct plugs would be probably be easier.

As for general backup, my system is absurd, mostly using usb sticks and who knows what stick I put what on.  You can't write on them like you can dvds. I have an external hard drive which backs up the entire computer hard drive once a week, but I don't know if works properly or not. The external drive gets busy each Sunday night at 7pm, a time when one of us would be home and the computer on.

There may be one more post about photos and the camera but in this post, here are a couple of cloud photos I took and I am very pleased with them. It was a freezing cold day, with rain fronts arriving all day and the cloud formations were quite fascinating.



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  1. Truly spectacular photos. Your new camera is working well.
    I do similar back-up things. And need to burn a DVD again soon.

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    1. EC, yes, I am very pleased with the photos. I might start putting photos onto sticks, but that will probably cost more than burning to a dvd.

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  2. Great cloud shots, I have told my computer person to let you all know if I die that's about it.
    Merle...........

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    1. Merle, grim thoughts but yes, something like that does need to be done. Remember Pauline Hanson's 'If you are watching this, I am dead...'

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  3. I love my usb sticks and I hear what you say about not being able to write on them like you can dvds.

    So when each one is complete, pop it into a small plastic zip-top bag that used to be used by banks for coins. Inside the plastic bag, add a small note with a list of the usb stick's contents eg "family photos" or "2014 trip to France".

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    1. Hels, that is terrific idea and I have rather a lot of the zip lock bags. I will do that.

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    2. Good idea, Hels. I initially thought of using something like a luggage label since most Flash Drives these days seem to be fitted with a 'buttonhole'. There might even be a use for paper (ugh!) luggage labels tied to the stick.

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  4. Beautiful photos Andrew. Hmmm, backing things up. I should probably start doing that myself, eh?

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    1. Indeed you should Jac.

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  5. Goodness, and here am I relying on Apple's cloud. I hope it never rains in Apple-land.

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    1. Victor, there would be a revolution if Apple lost phots, but one photo storage place I used to use did close down. I was warned about it in advance but forgot about it. I didn't lose anything as I had the photos elsewhere, but I had to upload them and link them to a website again.

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    2. Never rely on a cloud - it's all vapour and can disappear at any time. Like money, you're only wholly sure you've got it when you can hold it in your hand. Save to DVDs - they are cheap, easily stored, easily written on and can be thrown when no longer required. Likewise USB sticks, especially now they can hold 32 or even 64 Gig at ever-lower cost. Hell, you could even afford to have three copies, one for home, one for the bank and one for your favourite coffee bar.

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    3. Chris, I agree, although Apple would surely be the least likely to lose photos.

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  6. I'm afraid that I simply back up to a cloud. Wonderful cloud formations, well captured.

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    1. Craig, I guess I would trust the big cloud storage places, but not the smaller ones. Thanks for your approval. It was an interesting day weather wise.

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  7. I bet you are itching to take heaps of photos with your new camera - the sky is good, always interesting when clouds are there.
    Backup of photos - oh dear me. I have them backed up in many places but not all together, so it's hard to find what I'm looking for..

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    1. WA, that is another thing, actually finding photos. While I know I have a certain photo, where exactly is it? The computer files them by date, and to the date I add a word of what the main photos are about. But that does not mean I can find individual photos. Though, if I have used them on my blog, I can track them down if I have to.

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    2. It's all a matter of organisation, and I am (apparently) like most of those who post here, with little sense of organisation. But I bit the bullet and have spent a lot of time going through my photos, setting up folders, sub-folders, sub-sub-folders and so on. So if someone now asks me if I have a photo of a coupler-fitted tram in Antwerp I know to go to 'Libraries/My pictures/Transport/Trams/Belgium/Antwerp/Multiple PCC Cars'. It's lengthy, it's complex but, well, isn't it like life?
      At one time, I stopped at '.../trams/belgium' but that file got too fat so I subdivided and subdivided again.
      If you take lots of photos you, simply, need lots of folders and subfolders, properly named, to fins any given photo. (And don't be afraid to copy a photo to other folders if it fits into more than one of your categories.)

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    3. Chris, that is exactly what I do with photos that I have not taken and I can find them quickly. Say a photo of a tram at St Kilda Station would be under Trams/Old/VR and Trams/Old/FitzroySt and a map of the route would be under Tram/Maps and Trams/Old/FitzroySt. Personal photos I can usually track down, often by using my blog as a key date.

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  8. The photos are glorious.
    What brand of dvds do you find best for backing photos?
    A post on how to would be good too, I've never done that before. I have a friend who does it, I could ask her as well. Mostly I just back up everything on the external hard drive, but usb sticks are a good idea too.

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    1. River, I don't use any particular brand but I would not use really cheap ones. In days of old I had a very simple programme to burn things to dvd, but is lost in the mist of times and every time I now do it, it is like learning something new. I will see what I can do. External drive is a back up, but it can break too. I will write about my next back up of photos. The only issue with usb sticks are the are bulkier to store than dvds, and of course you can't write on them.

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  9. How many photos fit on a dvd? Approximately.

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    1. A dvd can store 4.7gb, in theory. A bit less in practice. Say your photos are 1mb, that would be 4,700 photos. But most of my photos are larger than that, so say something over 3000 photos on a dvd.

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    2. Just a couple of DVDs should be enough for me then, to store all family photos that I scanned into the old computer and transferred to this one via usb. I'm not concerned so much for blog contents and photos.
      USBs could be labelled with little wraparound stickers or attached to keychains with labels and dates on them. Then toss the lot into one of those giant decorator style brandy balloons (*~*)

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    3. I've often though of sticking labels on them. Some are good shapes for doing that, some are not. Why not just keep your photos on usb sticks, and copied onto another just to be extra safe?

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  10. Backing up blog photos is a lot more difficult than it seems, at least it turned out to be. I was once on Blogger and when I moved to Wordpress it was supposed to import my images automatically, come to find out a few years later it did not do that, and blogger had since "deleted" some of my images as a surprise to me.

    I did keep back up folders but that was 4 computers ago and everything was lumped in together in one folder, so it would have been impossible to figure out later on what images went with which post.

    I had to go back through all my imported posts manually, copy any images which were still being hosted on blogger, and then upload them manually into the posts.

    Now that I am on wordpress, and I am hosting that on our own server, it is a lot easier to backup, I can take a copy of the entire blog anytime I like and save it locally, not on the server.

    I know someone who had a major server failure and they had to restore their blog from emails the blog would send them, of their posts. What a lengthy nightmare that was! But even so, that is an excellent idea to keep copies of your posts in case all other backups go awry.

    I subscribe to my own blog, and my own mailing list, so I can always see how these things are presenting my content and make sure it is exactly how I want it to be. I use mailchimp for the mailing list now after feedburner went dormant. :)

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    1. Snoskred, some of this went over my head, but I get the gist of it. You had to do a lot of hard work, by the sound of it and that was not making new content.

      I find you blog quite slow to load, although it has improved somewhat of late. I normally click on a new post from Old Reader, which works almost instantly, and then if I want to comment, click to open your blog properly. While it is loading, I do something else.

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  11. ooh I have photos everywhere and no real system.
    I have stuff on dropbox and flickr as well as on my central server/HD. I need to back this up soon, to another HD.

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    1. Fen, I sound well organised and everything is saved, but what is where?

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  12. I leave all that to P which is very non proactive on my part, I think he backs it up on a hard drive now and then.. not sure why but that sounds a little risque :) Two tres bon images Andrew.

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    1. Grace, I wish I had someone to look after such matters for me. I am the one who has to do it. Say thanks to P occasionally.

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