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RAID Won’t Save Your Ass

Wedding photographers.  I’m looking at you.  You have precious, absolutely irreplaceable data.  Do not eff this up.  Here are the rules:

  1. If you don’t have at least three copies, you don’t have any.
  2. A RAID storage system does not count as more than one copy.
  3. Storage devices fail.  They just do.  Plan for the failure of your drives, and accept that it will happen.
  4. At least one copy of your client’s memories should be stored off-site.  No matter how many backups you have, you’re naked and defenseless if they’re all in your home where fire and burglars can get to them.
  5. JPEG or half-resolution files are not backups.  You cannot deliver the quality of product you expect from yourself if you’re forced to rely on these.  A backup is not a backup unless you can deliver a finished product to the client without them ever knowing there was an issue.

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