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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Backing-Up Photos

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?

12 comments:

Sandra said...

I have 3 external hard drives, the first one is 10 years old and when Staples geek told me poking around on a hard drive, and deleteing photos can corrupt it just like a computer, I bought two new ones. I transferred all the files that matter onto the new ones. he said drives can crash just like a computer and to not depend on just one. he also said don't use it like a computer, just store things on it. to copy the folder I want to delete things from onto computer and delete and organize, then send the finished one to the external. I agree, in the computer is a no no... I don't like clouds but that is better than just computer.

Michelle said...

I save thing to an external hard drive. I don't save anything to my computer. Haven't for years.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I put my photos on both computers. When I bought a new laptop, they transferred my photos and everything over to the new one for me. Also I have copied many photos to USB flash drives.

baili said...

This is very useful and impressive my friend!

I have almost 1800 images and 77 videos which i saved in computer 'C.D.F

baili said...

Drives .but in future I am going to use u.s.b drives until buy new laptop.
Glad you are finally done with this important yet tiring job

mamasmercantile said...

I admire you hard work, it is something that we need to sort out.

William Kendall said...

I save mine to a couple of different email accounts that I only use for photo storage.

Anvilcloud said...

It sounds like you may have it covered because you wrote that you had purchased more than 1 drive, but technically they say to do more than 1 backup drive and store 1 offsite. I haven't done this, but for the most part I have more than 1 backup.

Anonymous said...

I save my photos on a memory stick, which I then store in my filing cabinet.

Ludwig Keck said...

There is a 2 TB hard drive in my (home-built) computer that I use as my "Archive". All my photos go there after they ave been post=processed - the original raw files as well as the worked-up JPG copies. Occasionally I will update some older photos in the archive with tags so make searching easier. I have two high capacity external hard drives. Periodically I copy the archive to one of the external drives. It then goes to my bank safe deposit box where the other hard drive now comes home and is used the next time I back up.

This way I have access to all my photos. Searching by tags makes it easy to get to even forgotten images. The back-up copies in the bank guard against most problems.

Denise inVA said...

This is great information, thank you Dorothy. I also was very interested in advice given by everyone who commented. My computer crashed once and fortunately I was able to get most of my photos back but lesson learned. I back up regularly now onto a portable hard drive.

Emma Springfield said...

My pictures are stored in several places. I have lost too many to take chances.

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