Jim Poor

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Preparing for the worst case scenario Data Reco...

Published July 14th, 2011

I just finished recovering (not sure I'll _ever_ finish re-organizing) 20 TB of photos after a major failure took out my main RAID and two backups through a tragic chain of events.

Oh, and to add insult to injury, this happened right after my laptop hard drive died (physical failure) in the middle of an event.

In the two weeks since it happened, I've learned more than one would ever want to know about data recovery. More importantly, I've learned a few things about Digital Asset Management (DAM) that could make the process easier.

1. Keep your most current work, that work that is selling right NOW, on a small drive. If it dies, and your backups die, the smaller drive is easier & faster to recover than a huge drive. It's the only time I subscribe to the theory about not putting a lot of eggs in one basket. I use BIG memory cards in my camera and have yet to have an issue with loss that way.

2. Make sure your "backup pyramid" isn't upside down. At least in my line of work (Port ...

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