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      05-04-2010, 02:52 PM   #1
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Best way to preserve pics

Hey All,
just want to hear what your opinions are for keeping pictures taken with a P&S or any other digital image.
i have tons of pics in my computer HD, also used to print them out at stores but haven't done that for atleast a year already.

so, should be keep having them printed or just store in the HD or store them in some other media?

it really worries me when i think that someday my computer will just go crazy and loose all the pics.

all ideas/recommendations welcome

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buy more hard drives...

Pics are getting so big that i cant put them on DVDs.. there would be hundreds of them..

so I have 2 of 2TB HDs..for backup of photos. and a couple other older 250 and 500GB, both are for daily use, editing, what nots.

in the future, I'll just burn them on 50 GB BD discs, organize by months.
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^so basically i'll just get external HD to store photos only,
should be a good idea, since its only photos, it will have a lesser chance of me messing it up.
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^Exactly what I do
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Backing up to hard drives isn't really enough depending on how important your data is. You should be backing up online as well. What happens if someone steals your HD's or there's a fire? There's a lot of cheap online backup services available these days. Checkout something like http://www.backblaze.com/

I'm surprised that so many people don't backup their computer data these days.
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Data storage is easy and depending on what you use and how you implement it, can be inexpensive as well.

In my case, I was aiming for performance as well as redundancy. So, I'm using four, 750GB drives in an external case and RAID 5, so I get about 2.2TB total and still maintain speed. If a drive fails, it still functions, albeit slowly, until I simply swap the bad drive with a new one. Upgrading to more storage gets a little tricky depending on how much data you have as you'd need to move data off elsewhere to replace the drives with larger ones.

In terms of physical redundancy, there are services such as the above as a secondary option. Depending on how much data you have though, it could take a long, long time to get your data uploaded.
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I was going to say online backup, but based on past experience, not worth it.

I think Data backup is important, but not ALL data are needed to back up 3 times IMO.

i back up the most important ones in both extra 1 TB, and many I just back up in 1 of them.

Online is good, but you pay quite a bit of money, depending on the size of your storage and the credibility of that site.. i can just buy a $150 1 TB HD and use it forever.


Mind you, barring any fire/stolen/what nots, these HD would last YEARS and YEARS, even with constant usage. These HD are strictly backup, so I dont use them a lot and I only backup once a couple weeks or so, depending on how much i have to backup at the time.


Going forward, when the Blu Ray discs drop even further in price, I'll probably backup the most important memories in those 50 GB discs and the rest just in HD.
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Backup to at least two other hard disks and keep one out of your home (or wherever the photos are normally kept)

If you're a pro on flickr - you can also dump them all on that. Might take a while though!..
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I was going to say online backup, but based on past experience, not worth it.

I think Data backup is important, but not ALL data are needed to back up 3 times IMO.

i back up the most important ones in both extra 1 TB, and many I just back up in 1 of them.

Online is good, but you pay quite a bit of money, depending on the size of your storage and the credibility of that site.. i can just buy a $150 1 TB HD and use it forever.


Mind you, barring any fire/stolen/what nots, these HD would last YEARS and YEARS, even with constant usage. These HD are strictly backup, so I dont use them a lot and I only backup once a couple weeks or so, depending on how much i have to backup at the time.


Going forward, when the Blu Ray discs drop even further in price, I'll probably backup the most important memories in those 50 GB discs and the rest just in HD.
Yea backing up everything multiple times is definitely not necessary. I have 1 backup of my whole system and 3 backups of my work. The bottom line is, if it's important it should be backed up.

While HD's could potentially last years, they can fail for no apparent reason at all. I've had brand new drives fail in 6 months while others last many years. Doesn't matter which brand either.
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RAID 1. Plus online back up for the important stuff.
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I backup my stuff onto DVDs and an external hard drive
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I agree with others... RAID 1 if you have less than 2 tb of photos you want to back up. Otherwise RAID 5 or 6 if you need a more space.

If you want something with a longer shelf life that holds a lot of data (relative to cds/dvds), then get an internal blu-ray burner and some dual-layer BD media which holds up to ~50 gb per disc.
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