Computers are incredibly reliable, and it's rare that a hard drive fails—but when it does, you'll want to have backed up your images redundantly to ensure that the images are safe. With hard drive capacities constantly increasing and prices constantly decreasing, we tend to replace hard drives (or the computer containing them) long before they get anywhere near the end of their useful life. The fact that our image files continue to accumulate only accelerates the upgrade cycle.

Because of the high reliability of our computers and storage media, it is easy to become complacent and ignore the need to back up. Don't! Backing up is a critical aspect of working with your images in the digital darkroom. Every time you add new images or do significant ...

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