As regular readers will have gathered, I’ve been taking lots of pictures since I got my Canon 30D last year. Now this is all very nice, and I’m having lots of fun with the beast, but it does lead to a bit of a problem: backups. I like to keep the original RAW files that come from the camera for all but the most hopeless pictures. This means I can always go back and process an image that I didn’t get round to previously, or do something different (and maybe even better) than I did the first time.
Well, that’s not a problem – I’ve got a nice big external hard drive with plenty of room for my photos. But being the kind of techie geek that I am, I know that there’s no substitute for an off-site backup. I have burnt some of the pictures to CD, and I keep the CDs in the bottom of a drawer at work, but now there are so many files that even if I switch to DVDs, it’ll take too long to get round to making those important backups.
So what I really wanted was a nice online solution. Somewhere I could upload my images and where backups would be Someone Else’s Problem. Well, I looked, and there are some quite nifty services available, at quite reasonable prices. Well, so long as you just want to keep a couple of GB or thereabouts. My photos archive folder is currently around 42GB, which makes any online service that I’ve seen a wee bit too expensive.
Then, on Saturday, I had a moment. My web hosting at Dreamhost currently gives me 310GB, and that increases by 2GB each week. And as I can create any folders I like on the server, I thought that it would make an ideal off-site backup solution. So I set my FTP client to synchronise my local copy of the photo archive with a new folder on the server. As you can see, it’s going to take a while…
However, it is uploading at somewhere around 700kb/s, which is pretty much what I’m supposed to get from my Virgin 20Mb service. Such a shame that upload speeds are never as fast as download speeds on domestic connections, isn’t it?
The good thing about using synchronise is that if the upload is interrupted, it won’t be a problem to upload the rest of the files, and it will be easy to keep it up to date as I add more pictures.
 Those lovely mythical creatures. I suspect my readers are more irregular. Or unusual, at the very least.
 It’s been running smoothly for about three whole days, which is pretty good…