As a photographer, my photos are important to me; they can’t be replaced ! So, I backup, or so I thought. I also work in high tech and know that computers and storage fail. I thought I was OK with having a RAID 6 was enough backup (requires 3 failures to lose information). I was wrong, a computer crash killed the RAID 6. It took 6 months and $4,700 to recover about 80% of the photos. Lost were some incredible photos of dolphin jumping in the surf, right next to the shore.
After that incident, I acquired a Network Attached Storage (NAS) from Synology that is separate from the computer for backup. The NAS is RAID 6, the files on the computer are on a RAID 5 (2 failures to lose information) with a backup from the computer to the NAS. Is this enough backup?
But, what if there were a fire that took out the house? So, I now, also use Backblaze to back up the photos to the cloud. It has taken 15 months to upload all the files to BackBlaze. I sleep better.
Well I thought that I had backed up enough. The website, Patrick Lynch Photography, was backed up as was the blog site on by the hosting company on a weekly and monthly basis.
Unfortunately an automatic WordPress update played havoc and the blog could not be restored. The backup plan at the hosting site did not work. I have to recreate the whole blog site from scratch!
The moral of the story is that not all backups are the same; just because the photos are backed up, doesn’t mean anything else is….
Because I am having to recreate the blog from scratch I will be republishing past blog articles.