I take a lot of pictures. It is easy to remember when I started taking digital pictures—May, 1999, when Aaron was born. So, in May I will have 14 years of pictures stored digitally. That amounts to around 150 GB of information. It would be more except that early digital cameras took smaller pictures.
As we have all learned at some point, pictures need to be stored somewhere other than on a computer that might crash. Several years ago, my kids gave me a external hard drive. However, I have about filled it up backing up my 2012 pictures. I’ve been able to free up some space by checking for duplicate pictures. I’ve found plenty. Removing those has freed up enough space for several months into 2013. But, I still will need to purchase something more.
My goodness how things have changed in just a few years. Now, I am looking at something that holds two terabytes or more of information. I can see how that might be necessary though. Movies take so much space to store.
While doing research on the new monster storage devices that are about the size of a small book, I have discovered something rather disturbing. That is, they can’t be trusted. One article in particular said anyone trusting all their information on an external hard drive will lose it, because at some point all hard drives fail.
Great…I still can’t feel that all my data is safe. There are two solutions. One is to store everything online or “in the cloud” or two, burn everything onto a disk and store them in a dark, dry place. So, because I don’t want to pay to store 14 plus years of information online, I am going to start burning disks after I get rid of all my duplicate pictures. Even with the disk storage, I will continue to use the external hard drives for their ease of use.
This has become an interesting topic for me. Because most people have a lot of digital pictures anymore, I’m wondering what others are doing with their pictures and other data. Recently, I overheard someone say they have several years of pictures on their camera!
Meanwhile, I’m enjoying looking at a lot of old pictures in the process this winter.