Ten Tips to a Clean Aperture Library (9 of 10) — Verify Your Backups
(If you’re just joining us, start with Tip 1)
Tip 9 — Verify Your Backups
Make sure all your backups are running and working. Open up those backup drives and make sure they aren’t dead. Make sure the software running the backups is working properly. I use ChronoSync and have it set up to send me emails everyday after it’s done backing up my files to the Drobo.
We talk about backups a lot on ApertureExpert. Sadly, it often comes up after someone loses their life’s work (yep, it’s happened here), so before you become a statistic, back up your data. Fortunately, it’s become easier and cheaper than ever before.
There’s a saying that “if it doesn’t exist in three places, it doesn’t exist” — and to expand on that, one of those places has to be offsite.
Now, offsite could mean your neighbor’s house, your office away from home, your local bank’s safety deposit box. And that’s good. But what happens if the Big One™ hits, and takes out your entire state? (yeah, I’m talking to you California). Or if a tornado takes out several states? Floods, massive fire, and all the things that even insurance companies won’t insure you for will kill your backup if it’s anywhere near your original. If you can get to it, so can momma nature.
So a real offsite needs to be far, far offsite. As in “cloud” offsite. Now I fully understand that not everyone has super fast internet, but hear me on this… even if you just have a “normal” broadband connection, and even if it takes a year to upload your first backup, so what… at least it gets done.
My cloud back up of choice is Backblaze and I’ve been with them since the beginning (in their beta in early 2009), even talking with the CTO back in the day (I love working with small companies). They made lots of changes to their code to specifically support Aperture libraries in 2009 and 2010 (not saying because of me… but… :-), and so I know that it works for Aperture now. And their latest major release, which happened late last year, sped up uploads dramatically. They must have hired some kid who was spawned from the mother of complex mathematics and father of quantum compression algorithms, because my backups are faster than faster is fast now. Jus’ sayin’.
Check out my nearly 3TB of storage on Backblaze…
Offsite is your last line of defense. Who wants to download 3TB of data, or pay to have drives shipped back to you? If you can avoid that, great. So for local backups, I use Time Machine. My backup drives are a software RAID of two G-Tech 2TB RAIDS, so it may not be the safest configuration in the world, but it works. And since my data is in three places, I don’t worry.