Let’s face it. Hardware failure does happen, and not just to other people. I’ve had 2 hard drives die on me in the past and a third one is acting a little weird lately.
The beauty of digital photography is that you don’t need a dedicated storage room to put away all your archives and film rolls. Everything fits inside a tiny hard drive connected to your computer. But these HDDs are not 100% fail-proof and within minutes, you could be losing all your stored images and data. Of course there are ways to recover the lost information, but these services often cost a lot of money and you are not guaranteed to recover everything. Don’t rely on that.
One of the questions I get asked a lot is “How do I back up all my images and my Lightroom catalog?”. I’ll explain in this Tutorial how I do it and what services I use, but first, I’d really like to stress the importance of having an efficient backup plan. Don’t ignore it and do it now if you don’t have backups of your work.
In this Tutorial I will be focusing only about backing up Lightroom in the cloud (online) and I’ll assume you already do a good job of backing up your images on multiple HDDs. Don’t keep everything in one single location.
So let’s jump in and start by taking the easiest first step: backing up your Lightroom catalog with the provided tools inside the software.