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Back to Basics: the Best Ways to Back up Your Videos

MAR. 7, 2017:

In this digital age, there are so many ways to store your videos. The ideal is to have at least two to three copies of everything, backed up on different devices. How to choose the best option depends on how many videos you have, how often you need to access them, and your budget. SD cards, USB thumb drives, DVD or Blu-ray discs are certainly a low-cost alternative and make it easy to share with other people, but might not cut it if you need a lot of space or the flexibility to re-edit your files. If that sounds like you, here are our top tips.

External Hard Drives
Choose from 2TB to 5TB drives, depending on how fast your collection is growing. Try to estimate how much space you will need in a few years time. Hard drives are pretty straightforward, because you can use a program, like FreeFileSync or SyncToy, to automatically sync files between your desktop or laptop and the external drive.

But which one do you buy? Check tech site CNET for its Best Storage Devices of 2017 – the list reviews drives by setup, features, performance and support, whether you’re looking for performance at a low price or something that’s built to last.

NAS Boxes
A Network Attached Storage (NAS) box is basically a mini computer – it even has its own processor and memory. It’s clever because it connects to your Wi-Fi router, rather than your PC, and is always on.  This means every device in the house could potentially load, stream or store files over the network, at any time.

This is the more flexible, but expensive option, so you want to know you are getting the best deal. See Tech Radar’s Best of 2016 if you really want to mean business.

Cloud Storage
The advantage of cloud-based storage is that you can access your files from any device, anywhere, as long as you’re connected to the internet. Plus, you won’t have to worry about carrying around yet another piece of technology, along with your phone and laptop.

The most famous of these are probably Dropbox and Google Drive, but Apple also offers its own version, as does Amazon. Some services will give you free storage, some have file restrictions – if you really want to know the difference, check CNET’s guide to find the right one for you.

Once you’ve chosen how to store your videos, it’s worth trying out organizer software, like Lightroom or (the cheaper alternative) Elements on Adobe Creative Cloud, as well as Mylio (My Life Is Organized), to help keep on top of all your files. Think of them as your own personal archivist – efficiently sorting and renaming files, and creating folders, so they’re easier to find. Simple!

How are you currently backing up your videos? Share in the comments!

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