Well all I can say is what a couple of days. We all don’t think it is going to happen to us, but believe me it does. HARD DRIVE FAILURE!!!! Yes I was processing an image in Photoshop when all of a sudden… my external portable hard-drive where I keep my photographs stopped working.
First of all I thought was it the laptop? No… the drive wouldn’t work on my desktop. Anyway by chance, we hadn’t been out a lot this year.. and the last time I backed up my drive was in Autumn 2017. So I didn’t lose many originals. But I lost all my PSD’s of images I created in Luminar and other Software programs.
Now something I did learn from this… is this. If you create smart previews of your images. You can export them again, as full-size DNG photos should your hard-drive crash and you no longer have the originals. By chance I managed to save some.. but I did lose quite a few images.
So tips from me… to you….
- Back up, Back up, and Back up again.
- Create smart previews of everything in your Lightroom Catalogue.. if by chance you do have a crash.. Lightroom will export the smart preview as a DNG File.
- Make sure you create smart previews of all edits that are imported back into Lightroom.
- Creating smart previews can be done at import… or you can simply go to your Library Module, click on Library → Previews → Build Smart Previews.
And the above image is part of the Flower of the Day hosted by Cee Neuner.