Washington D.C.-based wedding photographer Sam Hurd has quite a wild backup system for his clients’ images. In an article and video Hurd posted on his blog, he explains the extensive setup behind his apocalyptical-style backup protection. If you thought you had your files well protected, you might feel otherwise after watching this (unless you’re careful to the same degree).
“Essentially, I have 4 copies of everything by the time it’s all imported into Lightroom,” Hurd writes. “It’s a bit confusing to take in all at once, but nearly everything is completely backed up automatically for me other than my yearly archiving.”
When Hurd returns from a shoot with his camera, he transfers one of his two SD cards to his Macbook Pro; the second card remains in the camera at all times. Once on Hurd’s Mac, the RAW files are backed up to two Pegasus RAID 5 configurations. JPEG files are also transferred for safe backup. A fireproof, waterproof RAID 1 drive backs up the entire machine nightly including smart previews and Lightroom files. If that wasn’t enough, his second Macbook acts as an external disk connected to Dropbox.