A Crashed Hard Drive Was The Best Thing To Ever Happened To Me
“I lost the photos. My hard drive crashed, and I lost all the photos…” Those are words that you never want to hear from your photographer. I was 16 years old, and started editing weddings for photographer in the area. I never worried about backing up my work. Then I had that fateful day where the hard drive went from a soft hum to a few beeps to.. Nothing. My heart began to beat faster, and faster. I couldn’t believe what just happened.
The bright side was the photographer had back ups of the photos, and the couple probably never even found out that the person editing their wedding lost the first draft of the edited photos. This could all be blamed on some young and dumb 16 year old who didn’t know any better, and if I have to say it, I obviously never worked for that photographer again.
This Could Have Been Avoided.
There’s nothing that sucks more than having something go wrong that could have been completely avoided. It only took one time of losing everything to make sure that never happened again. It completely changed how I went about taking care of my work.
Backing up your work is so important. There are so many options on where and how to store your work. Here are a few places I’ve used.
- Your Computer’s Internal Hard Drive: This is great for when you want to access things super quick.
- External Hard Drives: These are the best if you are doing photo, video, or design work. They come in all shapes and sizes. My favourite brand is Lacie Hard Drives. I find them super reliable, and they look super cool.
- Online Storage: It’s never been easier to store your projects online. Here are a few great, and affordable online storage platforms: Google Drive, Dropbox, WeTransfer, and Pixieset.
Choosing One Method Isn’t Enough
The way to make sure you never lose a file again is to have your files in multiple places. Redundancy is key in never losing anything ever again. Some people learn from their own mistakes, smart people learn from others. So learn from 16 year old Kevin, and back up your work. You’ll thank me later.
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