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Where To Store 41.1 Gigs Of Photos?  
User currently offlineUnited4everDEN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3287 times:

After reading a post of one member losing his photos to a virus, I am afraid of the same happening to me. I want to put all my photos somewhere safe, like another hard drive, external maybe. Not only to protect, but to clear some memory off my current hd. Can someone suggest a cheap and safe way to store my pictures?

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User currently offlineFutterman From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1301 posts, RR: 44
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3264 times:

I just picked up an Acomdata 80GB External Hard Drive from BestBuy a few weeks ago, and just have to figure out how to run Norton Ghost so I can copy my computer onto it.

My PC is 40GB, so that's plenty of room to back up the whole computer AND store loads of photos.

That's one way to do it.

Brian



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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3265 times:

I would purge the losers first.

Then, 10 DVD's.


User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3249 times:

I would hesitate to purge any photos considered losers. Storage is cheap. Some slides I took back in the seventies are not Anet standard but they do show planes and airlines that have long since disappeared. I keep the original images and slide scans one one drive and on DVD backup. The better ones are kept on a separate drive.

Gary
Cottage Grove, MN



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User currently offlineUnited4everDEN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3240 times:

Well, keep in mind also, I do take other pics than aviation. It appears walmart is having a deal of 80gb internal for 69ºº. Is there a way to make it seperate in case my computer ever crashes, etc. although it is internal?

Thanks again


User currently offlineN317AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3218 times:

Why not write them to CD or DVD. CD burners are relatively cheap as are the CDs. Just a thought.

Bill


User currently offlinePlaneboy From India, joined May 2005, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3212 times:

As Bill says above - burn them onto CD. It's not that complicated...

User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3182 times:

There is an "external enclosure", if I have the terminology correct that can make an internal hard drive an external. Multiple internal drives can be swapped out.
Gary
Cottage Grove, MN



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User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 731 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3182 times:

Burning to CD or DVD makes most sense in the longer term - external disks are convenient for access, but all you are doing is moving the point of failure from your internal disk to an external disk. The most sensible precaution is to remove a single point of failure, and the currently the easiest, cheapest and most sustainable way of doing this is burning multiple CD/DVD and storing them in separate locations.

In fact you should try and avoid single point of failure throughout your workflow - eg. after downloading image files onto your computer, don't erase the card/image tank until you have made a CD/DVD, and don't delete from the PC until you have a duplicate backup. This way you always have your files on 2 independent media which should guard against any system problems.

Cheers,

Colin



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User currently offlineLHRSIMON From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 1343 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3169 times:

I always backup every single photo (unedited) direct from the camera to the pc then to cd before i start even doing anything. I learnt to do that after mucking up a great photo on edit and somehow erasing the original....

CD burners are very cheap so i would go for that.

LHRSIMON



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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3120 times:

Ryan,
You can move a HD from one computer to the other at any time. If you buy a "cheap" $69 dollar HD from Wal-Mart and install it in your current pc, if anything happens to the pc, you can remove it and install it as D, E, F or what ever latter down the road.

When you say "if my computer ever crashes.." do you know what one of the most common explanations of a crash is? {...hard drive failure...} So by archiving you 41 gigs to a hard drive, is that really the protection you are looking for?


User currently offlineDanny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3509 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3108 times:

Burn CDs or DVDs - simple, cheap and your photos will be safe there.

Daniel


User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3089 times:

I always burn 2 CD's with the originals and the copies submitted to any website or edited copies of other pictures I have taken, which I printed for example. Just to have them handy, if I have the urge to print a pic or for whatever other reason.

As said, I always burn 2 copies. I'm not sure, how good DVD's are for storage. Any pro's and con's compared to CD?

Gerardo



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User currently offlineScooter From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 854 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3068 times:

Storing your backups on another hard drive is fine...as long as you keep the originals on your main HD. I have so many photos that writing DVD's was becoming a pain in the ass...so I went to Best Buy and bought a 160GB external drive to mirror my PC. If one drive goes bad, I still have a copy of everything somewhere else.

To me, this is safer than writing to CD/DVD then erasing them from your HD. I've had many burned cd's go bad, but having two hard drives fail at the same time is very unlikely.






User currently offlineMriya From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3027 times:

I store photos on different hard drives. I also always partition my drives and keep my photos off a drive that has an operating system. This way, when Windows catastrophically crashes (note "when," not "if"  Big grin), my files are usually safe because of the partition. I just backed up my photos onto another computer.

I prefer not to use CDs because they scratch so darn easily.

Redundancy is key, so the more places you have files sitting around, the better. Best way to go is partition the hard drive, keep the photos on a non-OS drive, copy the photos onto another computer's non-OS drive, and burn them to CDs/DVDs or store them externally somewhere. You can mail the CDs to a family member out of state/country if you're real paranoid. Tell them to keep it sealed in a safe place, so that if fire or flood wipes out your stuff, it's still safe and secure elsewhere.



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