(Disclosure: Drobo is a sponsor of Photofocus) Some of you may remember that last month I reviewed the new Drobo 5D. (You should refer to that review because some of the information there is also applicable to the Drobo Mini.) This month I'm going to review the Drobo Mini. This is a very different animal than the Drobo 5D. In fact, it's a very different animal than anything else out there. But if you're in the market for fast, portable, redundant storage, you should read on. The Mini holds up to four 2.5" SATA I/II/II drives and one mSATA … [Read more...] about Drobo Mini 4-Bay Storage Array
If you have photos you need a place to back them up. If you don't have access to a remote location for your backup storage, you need something or some place that is disaster-proof to store them. Enter the ioSafe Solo G3 USB 3.0 1TB. At just under $450 it's more expensive than other 1TB drives, but there's a reason for that. It comes with some extra features that will help keep your data extra safe. It's fast (USB 3.0) and comes in a fireproof and waterproof housing. The unit also ships with a year of free recovery service should you have a … [Read more...] about ioSafe Solo G3 – 1TB Hard Drive Disaster-Proof Storage
In just about six weeks, I'll be leaving for one of my mega expeditions. I have been doing fewer and fewer of these because frankly, they get harder and harder for me to do for physical reasons and because I can actually make more money at home. That said, I still enjoy them and as long as I do - I'll go shoot them. This time it's back to Alaska. I'm not after Coastal Brown Bears this trip. I'll be flying in by seaplane to several locations near Homer, Alaska this March to photograph Great American Bald Eagles. During this trip I will … [Read more...] about Photographers’ Field Prep – Test & Backup
I am no longer using Drobos in my workflow. I'll address the Drobo situation in a moment. First I want to talk about my new system. It's one that I am feeling pretty good about. I have switched to the wiebeTECH system. It's a standard RAID box that holds drives just like a Drobo does. The big difference is that it's pure RAID - no proprietary software required. It's easy to set up and use and offers rock solid protection for my images. As far as reputation goes, not many photographers have heard of weibeTECH. They are big in the military and … [Read more...] about Are Your Photos Backed Up? My New Photo Backup Tools & Archive Strategy
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a guest post by TWIP fan Ben Leal. Ben is a Microsoft employee, however he's not part of any of the product groups mentioned in this post. Ben is a tech enthusiast, gadget freak, and photo lover fully on a PC platform. Back up On TWIP you talk a lot about the need to have multiple copies of files and a redundant file back up system. Microsoft produces a product called Windows Home Server targeted at the consumer market for the growing digital collection of content homes are generating. You can buy these machines … [Read more...] about Backing Up & Moving Photos On Windows Machines
If you're like 97% of the photographers who read this blog, you are involved in digital photography. And that means you have to consider backing up your digital photo library. You do have a backup don't you? If not, stop reading right now and go make at least one back up and then come back to the blog. Assuming you understand how important it is to backup your digital photos, you might have access to a backup drive you hadn't counted on - your iPod. That's right, the iPod makes a wonderful backup device. If you have a large enough iPod (The … [Read more...] about Surprise Backup Device (The iPod)
If you do use CDs or DVDs to backup your photo library - please read this. After burning the disc, don't label it. The top of the disc, NOT the bottom, is the most fragile part! Most damage comes from labeling the disc. The adhesives used in labels, and the dyes used in ink pens, are applied directly to the foil layer of the disc. If that gets damaged, you will be very unhappy. I don't put labels on my discs. I also don't write on them. I simply put them into a sleeve or jewel case that has been labeled. Yes, the CD could become disassociated … [Read more...] about More on Backup – Labeling DVD/CDs
I always assumed that CDs and DVDs would last forever. But research shows that is not always the case. They might deteriorate in less than three to five years. So what can you do? Remember that quality counts. Since you are going to trust these little round discs to hold your precious images, don't skimp on quality. Buying the cheapest blank CDs and DVDs you can find may be the worst decision you make during your photographic career. These cheap discs can cause problems. In my experience, I've found that the gold discs give the best … [Read more...] about How Safe Are Your Backups?