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Jody SappingtonApr 21, 2023 8:00:00 AM2 min read

Where can I back up my video files?



As a video editor, you know your work is your bread and butter. From film shoots to motion graphics and animations, your video files are your babies; losing them would be like losing a part of yourself. But let's face it: Hard drives fail, laptops get stolen, and accidents happen. So, where do you back up your video files? Fear not; we've got your back. This blog post will show you the holy grail of video file backup options. Now, let's get started.

1. Cloud Storage Services:

Cloud storage is probably the most convenient and accessible backup option out there. Platforms such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive offer ample storage space and file-sharing capabilities. Not only can you access your video files from any device, but you can also collaborate with others and edit them in real time. The only downside is that large video files can take forever to upload and download, so make sure to have a reliable internet connection.

2. External Hard Drives:

You're probably no stranger to external hard drives as a video editor. They're a classic backup option that provides a physical, offline copy of your files. Portable and durable, external hard drives can hold terabytes of data, making them ideal for large video files. However, they can be pricey and can fail over time. They also need to be stored in a safe, dry place away from heat and humidity.

3. NAS Drives:

Network-attached storage (NAS) drives are becoming more popular among video editors and for a good reason. They're essentially hard drives connected to a network, allowing you to access them from multiple devices. NAS drives can also be configured in a RAID array, making them more reliable and resilient to data loss. They're also scalable, allowing you to add more storage space. However, they can be expensive and require some technical know-how to set up.

4. Tape Backup:

Believe it or not, tape backup is still a viable option for video file backup. Tape-based storage systems offer high-density storage, low-cost-per-gigabyte, and long archive life. They're also durable and can withstand environmental conditions that destroy other storage media. However, tape backup can be slow and requires special equipment to access the data. It's also not an ideal option for frequent file access and editing.

5. Online Backup Services:

Online backup services are similar to cloud storage services but focus on automatic backup and data security. Platforms such as Backblaze and Carbonite offer unlimited backup space and continuous backups, ensuring that your video files are always up-to-date and accessible. They also offer data encryption and two-factor authentication for added security. However, online backup services can be expensive, and the initial backup can take a long time.


There you have it, folks! Five backup options for your video files, each with pros and cons. The key is to find the one that best suits your needs based on budget, accessibility, and security. Whatever option you choose, remember to back up your files regularly and test your backups from time to time to ensure their integrity. We hope this blog post has helped you decide where to back up your video files. Happy editing!

Want to learn more? Check out our blog on Backing Up and Archiving in a Remote Video Editing Environment.