ALERT: IMPORTANT BLOG!!!
Expect the Unexpected: When It All Falls Down
I was sitting in my car driving to work, and I was enlightened. Customers call with this huge problem quite a bit…Dun Dun Dunnnn…their computer died on them!
The first question we get is when I reinstall my software, will all of my information be there? In most cases, the answer is no, especially when you have to replace that computer. In this week’s blog, I will not be really going over photography per se, but I will be giving tips on how to keep your images and data safe and how to save your jobs in PhotoLynx software applications. So, if your computer bites the dust, you will be prepared, and you won’t have a heart attack, and end up like your computer.
Make sure you have a storage space or an external drive. Nowadays, this is so easy to come by, whether it be online storage or an external hard drive. You can use a USB flash drive, but make sure you have enough space, and that it is formatted to exFat, so that you will be able to get the most out of your flash drive. Online storage is great, too. You can access it anywhere, and will not have to worry about losing or smashing a USB flash drive. I have lost a drive before and I had no back up. That was not fun. I lost all of my family pictures, and I was really heartbroken about that. It was a valuable lesson learned. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SOME TYPE OF RELIABLE BACKUP STORAGE!
In Flow, you have the ability to batch archive all of your jobs. I would recommend doing that every 5-10 jobs on your computer. However, if you never make it to that many job, then just batch archive what you have. If you don’t want to do the batch archive process, then you can export out full project archive files (PAF files). You can take these files, whether you batch archived or just exported out full project files and put them on your extra storage drive.
In ImageMatch, I would suggest copying your MDB file and images from the location that you have them save in if they are on a local space, and put them on a server or storage drive as backup. When storing your images folder from an ImageMatch job, this may have your cropdata file, PlCache folder with your GreenScreen folder, and it also may contain your Alternate images folder, this way you will not have to restart your job all over.
Don’t panic or freak out! This will cause you not to think rationally. You need to be calm and think about what to do to help the situation. I know this is hard, but this is helpful. You don’t want to immediately just start throwing things away or doing thing to your computer that may wipe everything out. The computer may still have some information saved in case you didn’t back up everything, so you don’t want to make matters worse. Woo Sa (breath in slowly, breath out slowly, calm down, and it will be okay)!
Those are my 3 tips that may save your life, time, and PhotoLynx projects and jobs. Maybe you have more that you would like to share. Just leave them in the comments. Hopefully, these tips are helpful. Always remember you can call in, and we will try to help the best we know how, so you can get back to work.
Don’t forget about our annual MVP. There is still a little time to sign up and get the deal. The price right now is $99. After May 10, the price will be going up to $149. Take advantage while you can. You don’t want to miss this event. Here is the link: Click here to attend MVP!
Until next time…Be the Lynx, Feel the Lynx, PhotoLynx!
Life’s too short to remove a usb safely… -Unknown