I would be interested in knowing how others cope with storing image files.
I ask because a friend of mine (who is much more computer savvy than I am), has just had about 2,000 of his images wiped from his Aperture account. I don't have fine detail to explain why but he has tried all the tricks he can to get them back, been to Aperture, help pages etc. but without success. He says also that he is not the only one and swears blind that it was not he, but Aperture who deleted them. He is not a professional photographer but is understandably rather peeved! Some are not backed up elsewhere.
My method is to make a CD/DVD of all the camera files before I do anything else, then a back up of same on a portable hard drive. I then import into LR for editing and usually store edited files back with the camera files on the portable HD, sometimes making a CD/DVD as well. I don't wipe the card before I have safe camera file copies. I have considered Cloud storage but have decided that it is all too remote and unknown for me. I don't understand where it is! I want the digital equivalent of a neg. file that I can actually lay my hands on!
My concerns for my method are that CD/DVDs can delaminate after time (never had this myself but I believe it does happen), and hard drives, portable or otherwise, can go wrong. Am I being unnecessarily paranoid? Is there a better system? All this has become more significant to me recently as my file sizes have increased somewhat with the new D800!