Perhaps the most heartbreaking data recovery calls to which the Backup Nut has responded have been from people who lost irreplaceable photographs and videos of friends and loved ones, especially when those people had passed away.
Of course, if you back up your entire computer using Backblaze Online Backup or another complete backup solution like backup software and an external hard drive, then verily your photos will be backed up along with the rest of your data.
Photographs, however, are a special case. Clients have confessed to the Backup Nut, often in tears, that losing pictures of their late relatives and friends was the most devastating part of their data loss events. It felt almost like mourning their deaths all over again, they have said. How terribly sad, especially considering that there are so many excellent and easy-to-use data backup solutions that provide safe and secure photo backup and storage.
For example, Amazon Prime offers free, unlimited storage of members' full-resolution photos. That's in addition to other Prime benefits like free two-day shipping on many items and access to Prime online entertainment content, glory be. Not only that, dear brethren, but it also has been revealed unto me that you can try a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, or give the gift of Amazon Prime to friends and loved ones.
For those who don't want to back up their data online, the next-best solution is a disaster-proof external drive or a disaster-proof NAS device designed to withstand even fires and floods, glory be. The Backup Nut also uses a disaster-proof drive made by ioSafe in addition to online backup. Can I get an amen?
I backup my pictures (and all my data) both locally and online because I verily have a lot of data to back up; and restoring that data from a local drive would be a lot faster than downloading it over the Internet. But if my local backups were to perish -- may it never be -- verily I'd have the online backups to fall back on.
Besides, as the Second Commandment of Backup teaches us, you can never have too many good backups.
A less-expensive local backup solution than a disaster-proof hard drive is to back up your data to multiple external hard drives or flash drives, alternating between them for redundancy and safety. Using this method, the drive that is not attached to your computer is stored in another location (for example, the home of a trusted friend or relative or a bank safety deposit box), or stored in a fireproof and waterproof safe along with your other valuables, glory be.
If that sounds like a lot of work, then be of good cheer, dear brothers and sisters. Today I proclaim unto thee and to all who read these words the good news that local backup can be effortless, glory be! Simply complement your external hard drive with GoodSync File Synchronization and Backup Software, which will verily back up and/or synchronize your data to, from, or to and from your backup device, manually, automatically, on a schedule, or any time a file is changed.
Not only that, but GoodSync can also back up and/or synchronize your data with remote cloud services like Amazon S3, Backblaze B2,or most other online backup destinations, to a NAS, or to other computers on your LAN, either instead of or in addition to your local backup drive. Now brothers and sisters, that's what this preacher man calls a complete backup solution. Can I get an amen?
However you choose to back up your photos, the most important thing is that you back up all of them. The easiest way to do this is to make sure that you store all photographs in the same directory or folder (for example, in "Pictures" on a Windows machine). You can create folders within the "Pictures" folder to organize them as you wish, and then back up the entire "Pictures" folder and all its subfolders using the backup method that works best for you, glory be.