Studies show that 43 percent of companies that suffer critical data loss never reopen and 51 percent close within two years of the problem.
If you get paid for your modeling work, that’s your business. And your modeling photos are your product. What would you do if you lost them all?
Let’s look at how to keep your photos safe with a solid backup system.
Why Having an Up-to-Date Backup is Critical
Various things can cause data loss. Some of the most common include:
- Hardware failure
- Cloud storage problems
- Human error
It doesn’t matter how reliable your computer or cloud photo system is, there’s always a chance something will break. And you might be super careful about how you handle your photos but all it takes is one wrong click and you could lose them.
Having an up-to-date backup means you can recover them if something goes south.
How to Backup Your Modeling Photos
There are a few options for backing up your photos, including:
- Cloud backup services
- Saving copies on a USB stick
- Backing up to an external hard drive
Cloud backup systems like Backblaze and Carbonite constantly run on your computer, uploading all your data to their cloud servers. This is convenient since you don’t need to do anything but if you lose your data, it’s time-consuming to recover.
Saving copies to a USB stick is better than no backup but these devices are slow, the capacity is relatively small, and they’re easy to lose.
An external hard drive backup system is the best option of the three.
Advantages of an External Hard Drive Backup
External hard drives have much more storage than USB sticks but don’t take up much more space. And they’re much faster, which is important if you have a lot of fitness or swimsuit model photos to back up.
And if you use solid-state drive (SSD) storage with a device like the Fledging Shell Thunder – Thunderbolt 3 SSD enclosure, the external drive will be just as fast as the built-in storage on your computer.
External hard drives are small enough that it’s easy to transport them to a safe off-site location. Having an off-site backup is critical for keeping your photos as safe as possible.
If your home or office floods or there’s a fire and your backup is sitting next to your computer, it will get destroyed at the same time. If your backup is safely tucked away off-site, all your pictures are safe.
Software for Backing Up Your Photos
Along with an external drive, you’ll also need backup software for your computer. An app like Arq Backup for macOS or Acronis True Image for Windows automates the backup process so you don’t have to manually copy all your images.
You can schedule the backup to run in the middle of the night or another time you won’t be on your computer and the software takes care of the rest.
Get Your Backup System Set Up Today
Don’t procrastinate on setting up a backup system for your modeling photos. If something goes wrong and you lose all your images before your backup system is in place, it’s too late to do anything about it.
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