Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Organizing & storing pictures

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.  


Anonymous said...

My external hard drive just failed. I used it as storage! I got a virus and I don't know if that had anything to do with it because the virus was caught by my virus program. But within a day my ext hard drive failed. I reformatted my computer and I just got Carbonite but it is taking forever to upload my stuff that I saved from my computer before I reformatted. It will take weeks at this rate. I'm taking my ext hard drive in to see if I can get two years of my life in photos important documents. Live and learn! Also, I had to get the package that backs up video which some won't. Linda in Erie, PA

Linda said...

Hi Linda in Erie! I have been thinking about you. Have you started another blog? I always enjoyed your writing.

Also, I am wondering what you use to Geocache--GPS or phone. We, mostly I, enjoy finding these sites but there isn't always cell coverage. The GPS units I like are pricey but might be willing to make the investment if worth it. Do you still geocache while traveling?

Sorry to hear about your storage hard drive. Guess that confirms I need to figure something out. I do have a lot of my favorite pictures stored at Smug Mug. Maybe I need to be more conscientious about uploading a few at a time. In the end, storing in the cloud is probably the safest.

Thanks for checking in!

Bonnie from Iowa said...

I have been burning all my photos on DVD's for 10 years now. It's so easy and you can play them on a lot of other devices. Came in handy to entertain my father who had bad eyesight and alzheimers. I had scanned in all the old family photos from his great grandparents to the present and played them on his big screen TV. So glad I did that. My photos are saved in different programs like Kodak Easy share, HP Images and Adobe Photoshop so when my old computer crashed I lost "my pictures" but still had them in those programs. Never have had a need for an external hard drive.

Linda said...

Hi Bonnie! You do have a point that DVDs allow a lot of options. And they are safe for sure. The real reason I like the hard drive is I am always looking for a particular picture & unfortunately I haven't labeled pictures to make them searchable by content, just date. I appreciate your input, though, & am thinking the DVDs are the way to back up my back up:)