TheFIX 069: Backup Strategies with Jim Goldstein

Backup Strategies with Jim Goldstein

In this episode of TheFIX, photographer Jim Goldstein joins host Seán Duggan for a conversation about chasing moonbows in Yosemite and backup strategies for keeping your images safe from hard drive failure or other catastrophes. This is a bit different than our normal post-processing fare, but it does deal with things we do with our images after the shoot. And ensuring that you have a good backup strategy is arguably one of the most important things you can do with your photos after you download them to your computer. Hards drives can and do fail. Preparing for this will save you a lot of tech heartache and hassle. In addition to being an experienced nature, landscape and travel photographer, Jim is also the marketing director for the online backup service Backblaze, and he definitely has his act together in terms of having a very solid backup strategy. We talk about his back-up system which includes mirrored hard drives as well as online backups, and he shares some news about the new Backblaze B2 backup service for large amounts of data that is currently in public beta. At one point, we also do fierce podcasting battle with the audio scourge of an invading leafblower.

Rocky Nook Book Giveaway

To enter to win a Rocky Nook book of your choice, just leave a comment below and tell us a bit about your backup strategy, what backup software you use, or perhaps a data loss horror story. Please be sure that you register with DISQUS, our commenting service, and do so with an active email address so we can contact you if you win. The entry period is two weeks. Entries for this giveaway will close at 11:59pm PST on Tuesday June 21, 2016.

About This Week’s Guest

Jim Goldstein is a professional photographer, author and educator based out of the San Francisco, California area who specializes in outdoor and nature photography. Jim’s photos and writing have been published in numerous publications and blogs and he’s the author of the eBook Photographing the 4th Dimension – Time

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Taking Back My Desk from a Horde of Hard Drives    |    A Happy Ending to My Hard Drive Crash
Backblaze     |     3-2-1 Backup Strategy   |    Hard Drive Reliability STATs
JMG Galleries     |    Photographing a Moonbow at Upper Yosemite Falls

 

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2 thoughts on “TheFIX 069: Backup Strategies with Jim Goldstein”

  1. Sean, I enjoyed the interview with Jim! I’m fortunate to not have experienced data loss. Here’s my strategy…my master image files reside on a 3T WD Portable drive (I’m away from home 15 +/- days a month). When I am home, I keep two 2T powered drives connected to my MacBook Pro and use GoodSync to make sure they mirror my 3T portable. I rotate a 3rd drive each month and keep the 3rd one in my safe deposit box. When I’m on the road, I back my new images up on my MBPro hard drive (with me all the time) and keep my portable drive in my checked luggage. Once the new images are synced up with the two drives on my desk, I delete the backups on my laptop. I plan to explore cloud storage as well! Put me down for the Rocky Nook book!

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