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Saving / Storing Digital Photos...

Sun May 29, 2005 7:26 am

So what do you all do to save / store your photos? Do you simply save the ones that you've edited to your hard-drive and dump the rest? Copy all of them to a CD? Having a DSLR makes it easy to take upwards of 300 pictures in a day of shooting...at this rate I'll be out of disk drive space in no time.... I also am one of those people who hates to delete...... what are your methods?

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RE: Saving / Storing Digital Photos...

Sun May 29, 2005 7:32 am

Quoting AA777 (Thread starter):
Copy all of them to a CD?

You should, no question! I'd go with burning DVDs if you are really shooting a lot.

I don't know how professional you want to set up your storage, but usually your photos should be in 2 different physical locations. At least that's what professionals do. ( e.g. at home and another set of copies at work )

You also should consider developing a storage system if you don't want to spend money on a program doing that ( maybe even with keyword search function - can be made with MS access ) so it will be easier to find files even if you have thousands of photos burned.

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RE: Saving / Storing Digital Photos...

Sun May 29, 2005 8:41 am

I'd stay away from CDs if I were you - I think you'll find that, with a multitude of photos from long spotting days, a frustratingly large number of seperate disks will be required to back everything up. There are two much more convenient backup media:

-DVDs. As Florian stated above, DVDs do the trick. If you don't have a built-in DVD burner, just get a simple external one (USB and/or Firewire). Dual-layer writers double the maximum capacity, however at this point in time dual-layer DVDs are quite expensive and getting them in large amounts for photo backup is probably a bit unwieldy. The only question mark regarding DVD backup is "bit rot" - though not enough time has passed since the introduction of DVDs to fully study this, some people are suggesting that, over time, information on DVDs may decay and result in file loss.

-External Hard drive(s). Due to the somewhat unknown nature of the aforementioned DVD "bit rot" (okay, hard drives do have finite lives too...), and because of general convenience, I recently opted for an external hard drive for photo backup. They can store a staggering amount of stuff, and very quickly and easily will back up photos and other files from your computer. I got one of these Seagate external drives, and it has served it purpose wonderfully. Highly recommended.

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RE: Saving / Storing Digital Photos...

Sun May 29, 2005 10:10 am

Well I use both external hardrive (Maxtor) and DVD for backup. I basically just do raw dumps to the external hardrive till I have enough to catalogue a full DVD burn. Then I sort, organize and burn 2 copies of the DVD.

The external drive, USB 2.0 is much faster for day-to-day use when I'm purging my chips.

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RE: Saving / Storing Digital Photos...

Sun May 29, 2005 10:58 am

For my digital photos, I copy them to my hard drive first.

Then, I create a seperate folder copy my photos to a new folder (with the date). I used this new folder as a working file.

I also copy my original photos to a CD RW.

When my photos are accepted I copy them to a different CD-RW and delete the original photos from my hard drive.

In the future, I will get a DVD burner.

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RE: Saving / Storing Digital Photos...

Sun May 29, 2005 12:48 pm

i used to copy files directly to my computer's hard drive, then over to my external hard drive (160gb)....that is until i forgot to copy some files over and lost them when i had to reinstall windows...

so now i copy straight the external HD, and i just got an external DVD burner so i'm going to burn 2 copies of each, store them both at home and probably take the other copy back to florida in the fall

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RE: Saving / Storing Digital Photos...

Sun May 29, 2005 12:56 pm

What I'm doing for storing all photos I took is using a DVD burner. Every time coming back home from airport, I will have the following routines dealing with those photos.

- Use CF Card reader to get those photos copied to my hard disk.
E.g., copy them to F:/Photos_20050528

- Open Explorer to get into that directory.
E.g., get into F:/Photos_20050528

- Change Views to Thumbnails for creating a hidden file 'Thumbs.db' in that directory. This step is optional. I just prefer to have a thumbnail's view for each photo instead of a stiff file name, like IMG_1234.

- Open Nero 6, a good software I recommend for burning CD or DVD, even creating MP3 music, etc., VERY POWERFUL.

- Choose Make a data DVD.

- Put a DVD disk into the burner.

- Follow the instructions to bring that folder (e.g., F:/Photos_20050528) into that burning list. Please note, choose the folder, not all the files in that folder, because there is a limitation for the file amount in root level. For this technical thing, I don't want to go that far.

- Check the box of 'Multisession' in order to copy more photos into this DVD later on. But if you have more than 4.6 GB data after one day's work, you don't have to do this. I normally bring about 300-400 photos back, less than 1 GB in total. So I choose this option in order for multiple burning sessions.

- Start to burn.

- After burning finishes, quit Nero.

- Check those photos on DVD. Of course, I would prefer to use Thumbnails view. Note if the hidden file 'Thumbs.db' was not created in above optional step, it won't be in DVD, either. The hidden file 'Thumbs.db' helps system to get a small snapshot of each photo in Thumbnails view mode.

That's it! Hope it helps!

BTW, I don't want to argue something here. But I think the external hard disk could be more fragile than DVD disk. I simply put my DVDs in a 10-buck-worth CD album, and feel pretty safe. I don't have to worry about what's going to happen if I accidentally drop it.

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RE: Saving / Storing Digital Photos...

Sun May 29, 2005 4:27 pm

I have 2 hardrives now. The second one (external 200Gb) was as cheap as buying the same capacity in CD-roms, so I don't back up on CD's anymore. My important pictures are doubled: they're on both disks. If one disk crashes, I don't lose everything, and I highly doubt that they both crash at the same time.
Burning CD's is a slow and annoying process, a HD is probably more reliable than a CD-rom and all those CD-boxes take up a lot of space in my house... Cheers,
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RE: Saving / Storing Digital Photos...

Mon May 30, 2005 12:01 am

Quoting IL76 (Reply 7):
have 2 hardrives now. The second one (external 200Gb) was as cheap as buying the same capacity in CD-roms, so I don't back up on CD's anymore

I agree. I found that the repetitive business of creating regular back-up discs very tedious and, of course it needs to be done regularly to maintain the protection of files.

I have a second hard drive conveniently sitting on top of my PC tower, plugged in to one of the PC's external USB sockets. This has its own on/off switch so that it is normally switched off, and is only used when there is no internet connection in order to avoid any problems with viruses.

... and, of course, the storage capacity is huuuuuuge and can provide a back-up for all files and programmes, not just your aircraft images. The cost of such drives can be as little as £70-£80 here in the UK.

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