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.