I exported all 2,383 images from the laptop Lightroom catalog to my portable pocket drive and when I plugged the pocket drive in the desktop computer I got the dreaded "click - click - click" sound from the pocket drive. After 15 minutes the system gave up on that drive. Good thing I wasn't depending on that copy.
Keeping multiple copies of images while traveling is always a good idea. Here's my process:
|Fuchsia Fireweed and Bee|
- I never delete images from a memory card until I am sure they are safe on the desktop PC and have at least one good nightly backup. I have enough cards to cover a two week trip.
- I don't have any cards bigger than 16 GB and most are 8 GB. If a card gets corrupted then I don't lose too many images.
- I have a copy of Image Rescue 4 that came free with my Lexar cards. I've had to use it more than once to read files off a corrupted memory card.
- I download new images from the cards to the laptop at the end of each day. That gives me two copies.
- I copy the RAW image files from the laptop to the external pocket drive (yep - same one that just died). I don't do this every night but probably should. This gives me three copies.
- The external pocket drive goes in a separate bag from the computer and cameras.
- When I get home I export all the images from Lightroom on the laptop and then import them into Lightroom on the desktop PC.
- I don't ease a memory card until I put it in the camera to reuse it.
No process is fool-proof but having some process that gives you multiple copies is critical. I would hate to get back from a big vacation anticipating going through images from that great trip and find that I don't have them.
I hope you enjoy the Fuchsia Fireweed and Bee image. It was the end of the season for Fireweed in Glacier but there were still a few blooms on the top of these tall plants. These were growing where the 2003 Roberts fire burned over 57,000 acres of the park.