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Best method for photo storage?


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#1 MsDoolittle

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 07:57 PM

I need to back up my photos somewhere other than my computer. It's too nervewracking for me to leave them on here and nowhere else. Where do you store your images?

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 08:05 PM

Hard disk thats backed up as well as on a sharing site for ease of sharing, dedicated thumb drive and CD/DVD for those can never lose once in a lifetime pictures. So total of 5 copies if they are priceless. 3 or 4 copies for the not so priceless.


I could get more redundant, but then I'd be like a squirrel and forget where I stored everything. :lmao:

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#3 MsDoolittle

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 09:46 PM

Thanks! Now, what's a 'thumb drive'? Sorry :0P Sweet. I'll have to go get an ext. HDD. I have no idea what to look for though...advice?

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 10:00 PM

Thumb drive is also known as a flash drive.

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 11:39 PM

:thumbup2: Ok, gotcha! Will do.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 11:31 AM

Side note regarding back-up`s to CD\DVD. Choose a quality media brand. Have read many articles that suggest the average data life expectancy for data stored on disk`s is about 5 years. Also store them in a proper manner. I prefer jewel cases. The cases can be bought in several different capacities. Have seen one`s that will hold up to 5 disks. Very handy should you have groups of pics, what ever you wish to keep together.

Keep them away from heat, direct sunlight, and magnets. How well you take care of your backed-up data will directly relate to how long it lasts.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 11:43 AM

Good point ThunderZ.

The National Institute of Standards and Technologies in conjunction with the Library of Congress have an ongoing study of media and its longevity. One of their findings is that media using the purple dye seem to be lasting longer that others that don't use the purple dye. Brands such as Taiyo Yuden or Verbatim have a very good reputation and use this purple dye.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 11:50 AM

:thumbsup: Have had very good luck with Verbatim. The disks are recognized on all 6 different burners in 5 different machines. No coasters and what seem`s to be a good life span. If memory serves me correctly, Taiyo is spoken of well here at BC also.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 11:58 AM

I have heard about this, too, so that was the other part of my concern. Seems like nothing is permanent anymore when it comes to digital media. I definitely will be printing out my photo favorites for display. Don't care about most of the photos other than the ones of my family. I'll have to go grab some Verbatim disks.




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