are your photos backed up?

For this week's post I have a question for you. Are your photos backed up? If not they should be. Not to mention any other file that is important to you. Take a moment to think about what I am asking. If you had a theft, a fire or any other natural disaster would your precious memories exist anywhere else other than the computer that was stolen or destroyed?

The solution to this problem is simple. Backup! It has been said that if your pictures or files don't exist in three different places then they don't exist at all. My own backup strategy is as follows.

- I have my original photo files copy on my computer. That is copy number one.
- I also save a copy of all my images to an external drive attached to my computer. That is copy number two.
- Last but certainly not least I save a copy of all my images to cloud based storage. That is copy number three.

If you implement this backup strategy to all your precious irreplaceable files you'll likely be protected no matter what the circumstance. Cloud based storage can be had for as little as $5.00 a month.For an explanation of cloud based storage I will give you wikipedias thougho and consise explanation. It is as follows:

Cloud storage is a model of networked online storage where data is stored in virtualized pools of storage which are generally hosted by third parties. Hosting companies operate large data centers, and people who require their data to be hosted buy or lease storage capacity from them. The data center operators, in the background, virtualize the resources according to the requirements of the customer and expose them as storage pools, which the customers can themselves use to store files or data objects. Physically, the resource may span across multiple servers.

Cloud storage services may be accessed through a web service application programming interface (API), a cloud storage gateway or through a Web-based user interface.

Personally I use a service called Backblaze at www.backblaze.com but there are several reputable services out there.

As for the external drive storage you can purchase a one terabyte drive on sale for under $100.00. Isn't that small investment worth months or perhaps years of memories? I think so! Get out and shoot and don't forget to backup.