That's what has been taking up most of my daytime hours (and some evening ones too) the past week. It's a very time-consuming project.
More so because I've been going through over 10 years of family events previously backed up on CDS and DVDs and sorting through and transferring some (not all) to a very compact 2TB external drive.
Not only did I have too many CDs, but they took up space and trying to find specific images, when needed, usually involved searching through multiple CDs.
Transferring to this external drive now lets me group images by year and/or special occasion, such as births, graduations, holidays.
Since the external drive is read-write (many times) adding and/or deleting images is easy. This is a big plus as my CDs were (CD-Rs) which used a write-once technology. Simply put it meant that once an area of the disc was written to, it could not be erased.
My task is by no means over there's a lot of road trip and scenics on CDs to sort through soon. I've already bought a couple more external drives.
As for all those CDs, I'm not keeping any and they've already been trashed.
How do other photographers handle this, I wondered?
A friend told me that she keeps most of her images saved on her desktop computer. And, as far as I know, she doesn't backup to any external media or to cloud storage. That seems risky because if her PC crashes, she could risk losing those images.
A couple of fellow bloggers and avid photographers, Elaine of Our Country Cove Life and AC (John) of The AC is On have told me how they backup their photo images.
If you take a lot of photos too, HOW do you back them up?