I THOUGHT I had a fairly decent protocol. Video files were immediately taken off of the camera and copied to a hard drive. The hard drive footage was then rendered to a DVD. For audio projects, I’d mirror the file I was working on. When I finished, I would also do a data backup on a DVD-R. It was/is a tedious pain in the butt to do. But it seemed to work well, until it didn’t.
I recently LOST A BACK-UP DRIVE. It was an internal drive. It worked last week. Then one morning last week, I went to copy something from it and it didn’t come online. I opened the PC and found that the cable connection had actually broken! How that happened is still a mystery. It’s not like the PC fell off of the shelf. Anyway, I tried to fire it back up on one of my hot swap bays and got a dreaded clicking sound. I ran it over to a PC repair shop to see if they could fix and/or recover the data. They could not. So they sent me to DriveSavers out in California. I braced myself for a $2700 repair estimate. Instead, I was told that they couldn’t recover the files either! So, I’ve pretty much lost all of 2017/18 Family videos. It felt, in a small way, like losing stuff in a fire without the fire.
It could’ve been worse. My 1st backup drive stopped at 2012. But most of the stuff shot between then and now was still on the camera. So I CAN recover 2013 through 2016 and all of 2019 to current. That’s some consolation. The thing is, I felt safe removing files from the camera’s hard drive BECAUSE it was backed up. I hadn’t had a drive fail in 20 years! But that’s what happened. So now I’m wondering what else I could do to back up the backup hard drive. What do you guys do?