As someone who relies on external hard drives for everything, I knew that one day I’d be writing a post like this. At some point, technology fails, and I count myself as super lucky that this is the first time ever I have had a hard drive fail on me. I just plugged it in one day, and along with some very questionable noises coming from it, it never showed up again.

Luckily, I was pretty much prepared for it to happen after hearing about horror stories from a lot of other photographers. All of my work for clients is safe and the only things I lost were a few personal photos and a few random files. I am very lucky, and I’m glad I took the basic measures to get things backed up. HOWEVER, this has given me warning for the future – I think there comes a (usually disastrous) moment in everyone’s life where they see the need to back things up, and this just happens to be mine. If you haven’t taken to back up or protect your files, then please let this little post be a reminder to do that. Share it far and wide to get the message to everyone one there.

1 – Create a ‘Mirror’ hard drive which doubles up your current hard drive.

There are various softwares that can do this for you, or you can always do it manually by copying photos to both whenever you import.

2 – Utilise online storage like Dropbox, Google drive or The Cloud.

Free or paid for – it’s worth it and as you can access these photos on your phone it makes uploading to Instagram pretty easy too.

3 – ‘Archive’ and don’t ‘delete’ when you deliver galleries

eg. Shootproof, Pixieset. Sometimes this comes at an extra cost, so way up if this is worth it to you. Hint: Most of the time it probably is worth adding this cost into your pricing.



4 – Use an online software such as ‘Backblaze

which backs up files from $5 a month

5 – Don’t wipe your memory cards for important jobs

A more expensive way of doing things and not necessary for everyday things – but if you have that Really Important Job™ it might be worth adding the cost of new memory cards that you never delete from or reformat.

6 – Don’t store things directly on your computer if you can help it.

Working off of backed up hard drives and online storage is generally more reliable.

Previously, I was probably utilising 3 of these methods on a consistent basis which is how I was able to get over this pretty unscathed. However, I’m still going to try and go through some data recovery to get back anything that I lost. It’s expensive though, and can be so easily prevented.

I hope this helps!

Jasmine Aurora x

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