Greg Anzalone Photography | Backing it up

Backing it up

October 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

So I'm going through some images in Lightroom, found one that I wanted to re-work a bit, and came across this Error: "File appears to be unsupported or damaged"  What?  

My initial thought was that maybe it was just some funky Lightroom thing.  After all, I did just upgrade my Lightroom to the latest version.  So I first tried to open the file with other applications.  Photoshop, On1, Luminar... Nothing would open it.  The file was corrupt.  Damn.

So I thought I would take some time to write about the importance of backing up your images.  I will explain how I am set up and my workflow.  I am not saying that this is the best or the only way to do it, but it works for my budget.

I have two external hard drives - Drive 'A" and Drive 'B'  In the most basic terms, images are stored on 'A' get copied to 'B' and are backed up to a cloud based service.  

So now the steps:

  • After a shoot, I import the images into Lightroom.  I have LR setup to copy the files to the external hard drive 'A'
  • I use a program called ChronoSync - This is a utility that I have configured to monitor drive 'A' and it copies any newer or changed files to drive 'B' this runs on a nightly schedule - This gives me 2 local copies of my images on 2 different external hard drives.
  • I also use a cloud-based backup solution from BackBlaze.  BackBlaze is configured to continuously backup my hard drives  for any new or changed files.  This includes both my external hard drives 'A' and 'B' as well as the internal hard drive on my iMac.

That's it!  That's how I backup my files.

Oh - and that corrupt file?  First I tried copying the file from 'B' to 'A' but that didn't work.  So I logged onto, and restored the file from BackBlaze.  Took a total of about 5 minutes.  Sweet!

If you are a photographer, I highly recommend using a cloud-based backup such as BackBlaze.  If you would like to subscribe and get a free month, click here:


- Greg



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