I am struggling to implement a digital workflow process. I want to create a backup of each photo before I cull or edit the photos I have downloaed. Using Nero Backitup, I want to make sure the backup program doesn't strip any of the important data from my files. Is it safe to select "No Compression" in a program like Nero? The problem I have run into is, obviously, that my CF cards are now bigger than a single CD-R, so I am trying to find a way to write to multiple CD-Rs.
I use a set of hard drives set up in Raid 1 for my data. That gives me duplicated mirrored drives to store my back up files. Additionally I burn a DVD before copying the images to the back up drives.
There are many different ways to store back up images which will be suggested if others respond to your post. The first rule though is to never overwrite original files, always archive them off the computer.
"The first rule though is to never overwrite original files, always archive them off the computer."
Sound advice, Larry. Some raw converters I've used will actually alter the time/date stamp of your original raw files -- it's happened to me when using Bibble (I think, can't be certain I've used so many converters). This is disastrous if you use the raw-file date-stamp as a means of telling you at a glance when the shot was taken. Saving raws off-computer as soon as poss will at least prevent this happening to your originals. True, the raw EXIF data doesn't lie, but it's quicker to glance at the file's date stamp.