Backing It All Up: Let Chase Jarvis Show You How

Commercial shooter Chase Jarvis, right, explains his whole backup routine in this video.

Commercial shooter Chase Jarvis, right, explains his whole backup routine in this video.

Commercial shooter and all-around cool dude Chase Jarvis has put together an excellent 10-minute video that explains his data backup procedures. This is well worth a look if, like me, you’re trying to improve your backup workflow.  Jarvis has a lot of money tied up in keeping his photos and videos secure and safe, making sure that he never really loses anything.

The hardest part of this stuff? Sticking with any plan you implement. That’s the toughest aspect. Check the video out here:

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  1. This one is quite nice and recommended, he did a good job with it. Based on former posts of him I am in the process of implementing this on my computer, unfortunately, it is still not finished. So are still many endangered species of photos on my hard drive(s)…

  2. How many extra hard drives are you using?

  3. Bayou Bill says:

    As an I.T. professional with forty-plus years of experience (and the gray hair to prove it), I was very impressed with how complete and well thought out this backup regimen was. Most of us, though, can get along with a much simpler process.

    The one essential element *everyone* must include in their backup scheme is redundant offsite backup, in case there is a fire, theft, etc. at the primary location. This can be as simple as two external hard drives, “A” and “B”, one of which is kept in another location at all times (the other standing by for the next backup). There’s no need for an Iron Mountain account or even a safe deposit box. If the primary location of your image files is at home, the offsite location can be your office, or vice versa. Or you can arrange with a neighbor to serve as each other’s offsite location. There are also internet-based backup sites, but these tend to be fairly expensive for the amateur user, especially compared to the one-time cost of a couple of terrabyte external hard drives.

    A question that comes up often is, “How often should I do a backup?” My rule-of-thumb answer is “Often enough so that you will only lose a tolerable amount of data if you have to go to a backup.” The timeframe and what is “tolerable” can vary depending on the type and amount of activity since the previous backup, from every day to once a week.

    Hope this helps!

  4. I have 3 external drives connected for the moment until it works. It is supposed to be only two at the same time. One stored away and will be swapped every 10 days or so.

  5. Hi all,

    just wanted to let you know that I finished to implement my backup scheme.

    What I did was basically adopt a shell script from a post on to my environment. It is working on Mac OS X using launchd to start the backup process. It checks if a certain volume is mounted and uses rsync to sync two folders. These folders include my Aperture Library and the referenced RAW files. More folders can be added easily.

    What do I need to care about?
    I think only to have a sufficient amount of backup drives mounted. 😉

    Feeling better now.

    Cheers, Bernd

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