Your hard drive will fail, part 2.

I am not being mean, just realistic.  Sometime back I wrote a blog entry after the Drobo raid we were using failed.  It decided to format itself, scrambling 5TBs of images to useless ones and zeros.  The Drobo tech crew gave me a new one, but no hope on how to recover any data.  Nor did two data recover houses.  Drobo decided to create their own proprietary format of the disks and no recovery services we found were successful and others didn’t want to bother…s#i+

In their defense, I did not have a backup. My mistake. Moving forward, we needed to change the way the studio handles data.  On shoots that were for national ad clients, we always made two copies and handled with care.   Now we have adapted that practice to every job.


Typical data flow.

After shooting, we transfer to the workstation. This computer has 2 SATA drive docks.  A duplicate set of drives is used to make two external copies, sometime right away, always at the completion of a job.  The drives get cataloged using NeoFinder which allows via keywords and metadata, an easy way to find what drive an image is on. When a drive is at capacity, one is stored at the studio and one off site.


An example of the two SATA docks.


An inexpensive SATA drive can be used to backup your expensive Thunderbolt raids.

This is a data solution that works for us.  You can use USB drives, a network or a cloud, but what is important is setting up a plan and sticking to it.  Making sure you have multiple copies before, during and after your job is prudent, inexpensive and if you have experienced a failure, you know how good it is to have a that extra copy.