How Do You Back Up Your Digital Photos?

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This blog post has nothing to do with scriptures or food.  Yet again, it has everything to do with Scripture and Food for me! Huh?

Two weeks ago I was uploading some recently taken photographs in order to complete my first blog post of the new year. It was during that process I received a message informing me I needed to upgrade my iphoto software.  I quickly clicked on the YES button and my computer began to purrrrr away as iphoto updated.  It was during that process that something went horribly wrong.

Twelve hours later I am working my way up the Apple chain of command to find the one who can tell me where my 120,000 photos are and how I can get them back?

First question from Apple support — where is your backup?

Silence. [from me]

Repeat. Where is your backup?  We will quickly restore the photos.

I use an external hard drive to store my photos.  I always meant to add another method and back them up, but I didn’t do it.

I am still working through recovering my photos.  But before I recovered even one photo I ordered a 5TB External Hard Drive.

So, how do you backup your photos?

What an expensive lesson I am learning.  Not nearly as expensive in dollars $, but very expensive in time.  Extremely expensive in patience.  Horribly expensive in humility.

If you don’t have a backup for your computer and your photos, take it from me,  do it today!


Proverbs 4:6-7

Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.  Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.




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4 thoughts on “How Do You Back Up Your Digital Photos?”

  1. DropBox is also a good method. Besides having a “photo” backup strategy I might suggest you back up everything else. Just a thought…

    • You are so right brother! I backup this website to dropbox! Everything else on my computer gets backed up through Time Machine. I physically said “No” to the photos and can’t imagine why I did that! Yikes. But, it is a lesson learned.:)


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