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jsud2002

How do you Store Digital Photos

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I have been having a clean out on my laptop and noticed I have over 15,000 digital photos all of which are stored in individual folders , These are labeled watches, mods,  Lakes 2011 , York 2016 , Birthday , Christmas etc . I have now copied all 15,000 to an external HDD for safe keeping and have deleted them from lmy laptop  I hope to one day sort through all the 15,000 as I am sure I do not need all of them . My question is how do members here store digital photos ? do you keep then on the laptop , external HDD , both , or are your photo's floating in a cloud somewhere . 

Also is there any free software that I could download to create a photo album/book , not to print out but to keep on my laptop . For example we visited the Lake District in 2011 and I have photos that I would like to keep in a book so that when I am old I can flick through them with my wife . 

Cheers John 

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16 minutes ago, ziggy1024 said:

Definitely don't rely on a single HDD of any description! At least copy them back onto the laptop as well ASAP...

Good idea I shall copy them back over . 

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I have most stored on the PC like you, John, but they are all backed up on flash drives as well, one for each subject...bugs, flowers, watches etc. I hardly ever keep them on my handheld devices (tablet, phone) for long.

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They did use to say that if data is not on three storage devices it is not secure. One device should be stored in a separate location in case of fire. flood, etc.

I don't follow that slavishly, but every few months I do copy everything across to two external HDDs, one of which gets stashed with a friend.

It's the family pictures that matter, but it is easier to just copy everything.

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4 minutes ago, Boots said:

They did use to say that if data is not on three storage devices it is not secure. One device should be stored in a separate location in case of fire. flood, etc.

I have a couple of those usb flash drives which I could also copy to this being the third storage solution. I never thought of fire or flood so giving one to one of my kids to keep in their house is a good idea. 

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