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Cloud Backup Software

Backblaze (Mac/PC)

backblaze for backing up to the cloud

The New York Times’ tech website, Wirecutter says, “Backblaze is the best online backup service for most people, as it offers a great combination of useful features, unlimited storage, and excellent performance at an attractive price… as well as the simplest setup process…”

And, we at Lightroom Guy agree, Backblaze is a great “set it and forget it” backup platform that’s robust enough to meet most user’s needs while being dead simple to use. David Mark Erickson has tested quite a few cloud storage options and, compared to other platforms, you’ll see why we recommend Backblaze. They also have lots of great information on their blog, including longevity and reliability statistics of hard drives based on their own experience with different manufacturers and models.

Hard Drives

Seagate Backup Plus (Mac/PC)


The New York Times’ online tech site, Wirecutter calls the Seagate Backup Plus – “one of the lightest, thinnest hard drives we tested, and it was consistently faster than the competition in our multifile music and photo transfer tests. More importantly, it’s reliable.”

For modest sized Lightroom Libraries and anyone on a budget, the Seagate series of Backup Plus hard drives work on both Mac and PC. These Seagate drives been super reliable and Seagate is very responsible when it comes to warranty replacement. And, they come in colors, which help to differentiate your library hard drive from your backup hard drive. This link will take you to the Amazon page where you can choose from 2T, or 4T drives (the price is so reasonable, it doesn’t make sense to buy the 1T). Avoid purchasing the 4T Fast Drive, we don’t recommend it.

Glyph Solid State Drive (SSD)

These small, light and very fast USB-C external hard drives (3.1, Gen 2 and USB 3.0 compatible with included adapters). They’ll be fastest with the latest Macs, as they are all equipped with Thunderbolt 3 ports, which are compatible without an adapter. If you’ve got a new mac with a Solid State Drive, there will be no difference in speed – whether you save to your internal Mac Hard Drive or the Glyph Atom. A little pricy right now, but expect prices to drop.

Synology DS216J NAS DiskStation (Mac/PC)


World traveling journalist or just putting together an extended family archive? Synology is a top-rated NAS (Network Attached Storage) manufacturer. This 2-drive bay DiskStation is perfect for backing up larger photo libraries. Because it is delivered bare (Hard Drives not included), and requires the purchase of 2 hard drives that are simple to install (see next item for recommended drives by Synology), you can customize this unit depending upon the amount of storage you need. I recommend to set up this 2-disk unit with a mirrored RAID 0 (zero), which means each of the 2 hard drives will have a backup of your library. If one drive fails, no data is lost because the second drive has a duplicate copy of your library. Connect via USB 3.0 or a network for multiple computer access.

HGST Deskstar 6Tb 7200 RPM Nas Internal Drive

Recommended by Synology for the DS216J DiskStation. If you’re shooting with a 16MP camera, six terabytes can store about a million JPGs at 100% quality or a hundred thousand raw files. Put two of these into the Synology DS216J and you’ve got storage to spare with the security of a duplicate backup in case of drive failure.

HGST Ultrastar He10 10TB  7,200 RPM Internal Drive

This high capacity hard drive is also recommended by Synology for the DS216J DiskStation. If you’re shooting with a 16MP camera, ten Terabytes can store 1.6 million JPGs at 100% quality or 180 thousand raw files. Put two of these into the Synology DS216J and you’ve got many years of backup storage and the security of a duplicate backup in case of drive failure.