Are you backing up your digital pictures? Well, you should…trust me…you have to set up a plan to backup your pictures. Now that I have you convinced to backup your digital pictures, where do you backup your pictures? The simplest and cheapest way is to have an external hard drive. These are cheap, but they can also fail. I personally like an external drive that actually has two drives and automatically creates two copies of the same data. This way if one drive fails, you have another copy.
Why do you need two copies of your digital pictures?
The answer is simple…because computer components and hard drives in particular do fail. No matter how much you’ve paid for a fancy new computer, computer hardware fails. So, you have to be prepared. In about 6 years I have had one hard drives and one motherboard failure. Good thing I had a backup of all my pictures.
So, the best thing is to create two copies of your pictures every time you back them up. Western Digital has created a cheap mirroring solution called Western Digital My Book Mirror Edition. It is a Dual drive storage system with Mirroring.
This is the cheapest way to safely backup your data. Right out of the box this system is configured to continuously duplicate your data for the ultimate in data protection. Pre-configured as RAID 1 for maximum data protection. This means that it creates two copies right out of the box. So you don’t have to do anything.
What I like about this external hard drive
- The first thing is that it creates two copies. This is very cool indeed !
- Fan-less. This means that it’s quiet and consumes less energy. The only thing I have to pay attention to is not to place anything on top of it because that’s how it ventilates.
- You can easily open the unit up and just replace a hard drive if it goes bad. Really, it’s that simple…just open up the case (it has a button on top) and pull one hard drive out and put a new one in. Make sure it’s the same size (500Gb).
What I don’t like
The light on the front is supposed to indicate how much capacity you’re using. It doesn’t work. Ok…it works but only after adding a ton of stuff. Anyway, forget about relying on it even though it looks pretty cool.
What’s in the box:
- Dual-drive storage system with RAID
- USB cable
- AC adapter (12 V)
- AC adapter
- Software CD
- Quick install guide
What does 500 Gigabytes mean?
- 220 hours of DVD movies
- 125,000 MP3s
- 142,000 JPGs – this is a lot. I have accumulated little over 40,000 pictures in about 7 years…so, plenty of room.
What software to install
I have only installed the WDDriverManager. All the other software appears to be on a trial basis only. So, I’ll stick to using SyncBack (Read Backup your data with SyncBack)
Additional resources for backing up your digital pictures
Check out the Western Digital Dual Drive mirroring edition. If you’re looking for a backup external drive this would make for a great solution. In addition if you purchase it using these links, you’re helping me out too and you also get a great price !
For Windows: Check out the Western Digital 1 TB Mirror Edition
For Mac: Check out the Western Digital 1 TB Mirror Edition
Essentials for organizing your digital photosOver the years I have come to rely on only a few products for managing and backing up my large media collection. These are my essential products and services I have been using for many years to keep things organized and safe. Even though these are affiliate links, I wholeheartedly recommend them.
I recommend using Adobe Lightroom Classic CC via the annual Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. Lightroom has excellent photo editing capabilities. Yes, Lightroom has a steeper learning curve as you have to learn to keep your catalogs in sync with your hard drive. However, Adobe Lightroom makes most sense especially when you do lots of image editing.
If you don't like the subscription, you can get also download the last standalone Adobe Lightroom 6 for Mac or Windows (while it is still available). However, the product is no longer maintained by Adobe.
Excellent Lightroom and Picasa alternative. If you're looking for a cheaper and simpler photo manager then ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac or ACDSee Pro for Windows is my preferred solution for organizing your media on your computer. It has a very fast browser, beautiful image editing capabilities and you don't work with catalogs at all.
In addition, make sure you have an inexpensive and reliable external hard drive for backing everything up. It is absolutely essential for backing up your media regularly.
If you're looking for a reliable unlimited cloud backup service, I recommend Backblaze Cloud Backup. I have used Backblaze for my online backup for more than 3 years now. All my files are safe and secure and I have never had any problems with them.