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It’s been said many times before but it’s worth mentioning once again. BACK UP YOUR FILES. I don’t mean some time next week or next month, I mean right now! I say this because you never know when the big crash is going to happen. A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine asked me if there was anyway to move her music from her iPod back onto her computer. See, she had everything on her laptop and it recently died in the most terrible of ways. Her hard drive was completely gone. So today I get to tell her that everything she has loaded on her iPod that wasn’t purchased through iTunes will be completely gone when she syncs back to her repaired laptop. This isn’t the worst part. She can go back and rip her CD’s over time and rebuild her music library but what she can’t do is recover all the photographs that she had stored on her computer. She didn’t have any of them backed up and now they are gone with the wind.
It’s too late for my friend but not too late for you. If you don’t have a back-up strategy, start thinking about one now. You can save to CD or DVD or external drives but think about redundancy. Always think of the worse-case scenario. If there was a fire, would your back-up files be destroyed along with your computer? If so, think about keeping a spare set at a friend’s house. This might seem a little overkill but when you consider what is at stake, it’s worth the effort.
If you aren’t sure which back-up method is right for you, I urge you to check out the Complete Guide to Photo Backups written by Brian Auer of Epic Edits. Brian covered about every option you could think of along with their pro’s and con’s so that you can start planning your best strategy to save your memories for the years to come.