Speaking from experience, it usually takes a drive failing before most begin to appreciate just how important having a good backup strategy is.
About a year ago, I switched from my Macbook Pro to a desktop PC as my main work station. Before doing so, I wanted to reassess my workflow and implement a new backup strategy which was both automated and had an offsite backup.
Most blogs that I came across recommended the use of costly NAS (Network Attached Storage) drives that offer RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) storage. Whilst this approach certainly has its advantages, even entry-level systems are quite costly and don’t provide any protection against theft or natural disaster. Instead, I decided to go with a more cost effective and simplistic approach using large capacity external hard drives.
For October’s edition of Australian Photography, I wrote an article on how I implemented this strategy and how you too can easily design your own cost effective and robust backup system. To read the article click the link below.