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JoeThePhotographer
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« on: October 29, 2008, 09:56:38 AM »

I think I more or less understand archiving of RAW files.  Every photo that comes off the camera ends up in a bucket on the internal hard drive, with a copy of the bucket archived to the external hard drive (and once Blu Ray becomes accessible, probably Blu Ray disk as well).

How about back-ups of working files that are changing from day to day?  What procedures and software tools are available for backing those up?  Currently running Windows XP.

Joe
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Dan Zemke
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2008, 04:58:29 PM »

Joe,

There are 3 basic techniques:

1. Don't worry, be happy.  This do-nothing technique seems to be most popular Smiley
2. File sync utility - examines the last modified time stamp of the files in your working folder and backup folder, and copy the ones that have changed
3. Image copy utility - completely copies everything on your working partition to your backup partition.

There's also the scheduling dimension.  Some folks prefer automated backup on a defined schedule.  Others prefer to do backups based on key events.  Both approaches can work well.  Deciding which is best for you depends more on your personality type than the technology.

I use SyncBack SE for file syncing and Acronis TrueImage for partition copies.

Dan
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