Photo Storage Tips

Camera Labs put out an article on storage devices called “Backup your digital photos part 2 – it's a RAID!“.  They talk about the different options for storing and backing up your priceless collection of photos.  Most importantly, they give some good direction for RAID 5 setups and how they work.

If you have a few thousand photos sitting on your hard drive, ensuring your data safety should be a very high priority.  I just checked my archive — I've got over 16,000 photos stored on my drives.  I use several redundant backup methods, such as annual or semi-annual DVD backups and a RAID 1 storage setup.  A RAID 5 setup is looming ever closer in my “must have” list, but that type of setup is somewhat expensive.

If you have a stash of photos that you couldn't stand to lose, and you've got the money to pick up or build a RAID 5 setup — DO IT NOW.  The peace of mind will be well worth it.

Photo of the Day… 

Double Lightning Strike

Photo by Brian Auer
06/12/05 ???, MT
Lightning storm somewhere in Montana
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3
110mm equiv * f/3.5 * 1/40s * ISO320