Where do you store your pictures?

On your computer or on an external hard drive, I would assume?

Now, what would happen if that computer or external hard drive crashed….this very instant?!

Believe me, if you use electronic equipment, it will fail on you before too long. Once, after sharing a hard drive with friends during a Photography Team, it didn’t work any more after it was returned to me. Another time, at a Conference in Sacramento, I accidentally leaned my elbow on an external hard drive full of pictures from the week. It was enough to make it crash. I’ve even dropped a thumb drive full of original event photos into my water bottle! And yeah, there was water in it. (That was embarrassing!) I lost all my pictures from an entire year simply because the hard drive storing them crashed….and I didn’t have them backed up.

I won’t tell you how many times my computer (no, computers) have failed to boot up too. And have you ever accidently deleted your photos while working on them? I have!

The point is, it’s pretty important that you back up your photos.

Which begs the question: what hard drive should I get to back up my pictures?

There are three basic kinds of hard drives:

1. Internal hard drives

With no external casing and of varying sizes, these are the ones used inside of stuff like computers and laptops.

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2. External hard drives

External hard drives are simply internal hard drives with external casing. They’re usually pretty large, plug into the wall for power and are typically stored on your computer desk…or in a safe if you’re using it to back up photos.

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3. Portable external hard drives

Portable external hard drives are just an internal hard drive in a compact external casing designed for taking with you on the road. They’re smaller, plug into your computer for power, and I have a couple of them that I take with me just about everywhere I go.

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Each of these hard drives you can buy in either of two types: there’s your typical “hard disk drive” (what you typically think of when you think “hard drive”; cheaper, with components that move and spin inside…the type that will be ruined when you rest your elbow on them) and “solid state drive” (these are smaller, have no moving parts inside of them, like your CF or SD memory card that you use for your camera, only with higher storage capacity).

While there are many different brands of hard drives out there, I recommend either Western Digital or Seagate. Though they may be a tad bit more expensive than other brands, these two are generally thought to be the most reliable. To date, I haven’t had a Seagate crash on me yet. I have had a couple WDs crash on me, so maybe I need to do a little more research on hard drive reliability again.

Anyway, why all this talk about hard drives?

Backing up your photos is important because our pictures are valuable, right?

But what’s more valuable than your pictures?

Shall I suggest, Scripture?

As a photographer, I make backup copies of my pictures because I want to keep them. As a Christian, I memorize Scripture so that I can keep it!

The Word of God is so important to me that I want to keep it with me all the time. Yes, in most western cultures a Bible can be referenced on just about every mobile device, but is it “backed up” in my brain?

Not long ago, I was reading a book with a little person, and at the end of the book, there was a
reference for 1 John 1:9. I knew I was familiar with that verse. But, guess what? In that moment when it was most important to remember, I couldn’t
remember it! I did not have it successfully backed up in the hard drive of my brain! There wasn’t time to pull it up in a Bible. The moment passed. And the truth of that verse had no chance to be manifested in that opportune moment. Because of me. Wow, that was a motivation to go back and review that verse again.

Psalm 119:97-101 says, “O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy
commandments
hast made me wiser than my enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more
understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the
ancients, because I keep thy precepts. I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep
thy word
.”

Want to be wiser than your enemies?

Want to understand more than your teachers?

Want to understand more than the “ancients”?

Memorize the Scriptures and meditate on them! Back up what’s valuable to you.

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For further reading, here’s How To Back Up Your Pictures. And for folks in The Click, here’s a video about How I Back Up My Photos.

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