Portable hard drives are great because they allow you to walk around with a terabyte of data in your shirt pocket. But hard drives are delicate devices, they break easily when dropped and a terabyte of data is a terrible thing to lose. That’s why LaCie’s rugged portable hard drives are life—and data—savers.
Stored media is becoming nearly invisible, a far cry from the days when music albums, video cassettes, and snapshots crammed shelves and drawers. Today's digital content can be sequestered on your network or stashed on a server. Yet, retrieval is merely a matter of picking up the remote. Remember when you actually had to get up off the sofa to find a CD and put it back? So inefficient!
I hate backing up. I do it, but I hate it. If you’re not running back ups, you’re courting heartache. My cautionary tale: A few years back, my brother and I were editing our first indie feature. Our data got corrupted. Nothing was backed up. We lost 3 months of post-production -- the entire film. Starting from scratch nearly killed us. Don’t let it happen to you.
Digital photography has forced professionals to rethink archiving of work. Physical negatives have transformed into digital files, which are only as stable as the media on which they are stored.
Hard disks are extremely delicate pieces of technology: a magnetic storage disc read by a mechanism that under normal circumstances never physically comes in contact with the platter. Problems arise when conditions are not normal; if the reading mechanism touches the platter… well, kiss the data goodbye. Computer hard disks are more reliable than they were a decade ago, but disk failure is still a fact of life.
So, it's not a matter of if a hard disk will fail; it's a matter of when a disk will fail. Armed with this knowledge, it's imperative that photographers implement a solid backup scheme for digital images. This article is going to cover one way of protecting data – RAID 1 storage.
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