Don’t Sweat a Drive Disaster: Set It and Forget It Backups for Photographers

June is Backup Awareness Month, a friendly reminder to all of us who cherish our digital images and files. And trust me, it’s not a marketing ploy. About a month ago, one of the four Western Digital hard drives in my OWC Mercury Elite Pro Quad RAID enclosure failed – a heart-stopping moment for any photographer. But I didn’t panic, because I’ve got Backblaze Cloud Backup guarding my back.

Let me share my experience and why I think every photographer needs a reliable backup solution.

[Author Note:  Backblaze is offering HoustonPhotowalks members a special discount. Get 20% off Backblaze Computer Backup using the code BAM2024 at checkout.]

My RAID Failure Story (and Why I Wasn’t Worried)

RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) sounds fancy, and it’s designed to protect against data loss. There are several types of RAID: some prioritize speed (RAID 0), others focus on redundancy (RAID 1), and some offer a balance of both (RAID 5, RAID 6, and RAID 10). When that drive went kaput, it became clear that my initial RAID 0 configuration wasn’t enough. Fortunately, I had Backblaze humming in the background, silently backing up all my photos and files to the cloud. I lost nothing – not a single pixel.

Once I replaced the faulty drives, I reconfigured my RAID to the more robust RAID 10 level. This setup combines mirroring (where data is duplicated across drives) with striping (where data is split across drives for faster performance), offering both redundancy and speed—an ideal setup for photographers who need to safeguard their work while maintaining a snappy workflow.

After the RAID 10 rebuild, getting my data back was a breeze. Backblaze FedExed me a hard drive with all my files, which I quickly dumped back onto my RAID. Crisis averted!

Why Backblaze? My Go-To for Personal and Business

Backblaze isn’t just a backup solution for my personal photography collection. I also rely on it for my business at 24Moves.com, keeping my client data, images, and videos safe and sound. It’s my digital insurance policy.

Here’s why I love Backblaze:

  • Set It and Forget It: Once you install it, Backblaze automatically backs up your files in the background. You don’t have to think about it.
  • Unlimited Storage: Back up as much data as you want, without worrying about storage limits.
  • Security: Backblaze encrypts your files, so only you (with the key) can access them.
  • Restoration Options: Get your data back via a downloaded file, a mailed hard drive, or even cloud restore.
  • Affordable: Backblaze is surprisingly affordable, especially for the peace of mind it offers.
  • Special Offer for HoustonPhotowalks Members

Your Backup Strategy: Don’t Leave It to Chance

Hard drive failures happen. Accidents happen. Don’t risk losing your precious photos and files. Take Backup Awareness Month to heart and set up a reliable backup routine. With Backblaze, it’s so easy, you’ll never have to think about it again.

Have you ever experienced data loss? What’s your backup strategy? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Joe Lippeatt
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