“There are two kinds of motorcycle riders, those who have crashed and those who are going to crash. - Anonymous”

Imagine experiencing a catastrophic event that destroyed all your digital media. Hard disk failure, house fire, burglary, whatever, once it's gone, it really doesn't matter what happened. It is all gone.

What's the real loss? Your movies can be replaced, expensive sure, but replaceable. Same for your TV Shows and your music and anything else that you purchased in the first place. But your photos and your home videos are a completely different story.

You may have some of your photos in paper format in some old photo albums, but all your digital photos are gone forever. Your home videos can never be recreated. This is where the word catastrophe really applies.


When it comes to organizing and protecting your digital media there are two different degrees of protection. Your personal media (photos and home videos) deserve the highest level of protection and your commercial media (movies, TV Shows, music videos, and music) can get away with a little less protection.

Protection is not free. Space on the cloud costs money. Hard drives and DVDs cost money. You are looking for the best protection and the most cost-effective solutions.

Backup Strategy

Backup, backup, and backup is the name of the game. All your originals on your hard drive. One copy in the cloud and one more copy on a different hard drive or a separate set of hard drives.

Cloud Storage

Of course, you can always decide to back up everything to the cloud but there are some considerations.

  • Space on the cloud costs money. Some of the most popular cloud services offer a certain amount of space for free but when you exceed the limit, the cash register starts ringing.
  • Some cloud services will not allow you to store commercially generated media files like movies and TV shows. Even though you have purchased these files from reputable sources, and you own them, the cloud service doesn't know that for sure. So, to combat piracy, they simply do not allow you to use their storage for these types of media.

Hard Drives

There are two basic types of hard drives, internal and external.

Internal Hard Drives: These drives are designed to be placed inside your desktop computer.

  • PROS
  • Internal hard drives are usually less expensive than external drives

  • CONS
  • Not portable, you must open your PC, install, and configure

External Hard Drives: These drives are designed with their own external case and they use a USB cable to attach to your PC.

  • PROS
  • Portable, you can easily move your storage from one PC to another. They are great for laptops.

  • CONS
  • Cost more than comparable internal drives

Backup Software

Most of the cloud services and hard drives come with their own backup software. Additionally, there are numerous other software packages available from third-party vendors.

Try out the software that comes with the storage product and see if it does everything you want. You will be happy with what they have already provided you. But if not, shop around.


I cannot emphasize how important it is to protect your media. At the top of this step, I placed a quote, and it directly applies to your media library. The day will come when something crashes your media library, and you need to be prepared for that day.

Just sayin'