How can I get a handle on home digital archiving?
August 15, 2011 12:22 PM Subscribe
I'm tying myself in knots trying to come up with a sensible backup and archiving procedure for my files. This includes work files, personal photos, music, etc. What is your method for making sure that backups are where they are and that your archive works for you?
posted by amanda to computers & internet (17 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
My two biggest categories are work files and photo files which are two different kinds of beasts. I don't scrapbook and I have thousands of digital images. I use Flickr fairly frequently but I worry about keeping and accessing my photos down the road. Should I be making DVD discs of photos by year and then delete them from my computer? I do need the space. I think about how I will access these in the future and I really have no idea. What will last? What will be easiest?
For work files, I have time machine setup with an external drive. I worry about that drive failing. So, I'm thinking I need to periodically back up files to DVD. But am I missing something there? Many of these files will never be looked at again and my clients don't want them or haven't paid for them. On the other hand, very occasionally, I do pull out discs of old work and pull things off of them. However, finding these old files is a real chore.
Are there any websites exploring this stuff in depth?