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Old Thursday 5th August 2004, 15:22   #1
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Digital Photo Backup Storage

Hey guys,

Sorry if this has been addressed before but I need some advice. I want to save copies of my digital photos in case my computer is struck by lightening or some other similar calamity. Since I have gone DSLR it has become much too tedious to burn CD's as I have several gigs worth of images (and adding more every day! )

I am considering an external hard drive, but I have heard scary things about them. I am also looking into a DVD burner but there are like a million types of DVD burning and it confuses me so I have no clue what I would get. I am interested in hearing how the other DSLR users save backup images. Thanks!
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Flashtrax (40GB) and then CD as needed.
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Old Thursday 5th August 2004, 16:21   #3
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DVDs are one of the best ways for permanent photo storage, as long as you get a reliable burner and bug-free burning software. Higher capacity multi-layer DVDs are on the way for many more gigs of storage. If you're trying to avoid DVDs, a second internal hard drive used solely for backups is a very good choice. Hard drives cost less than US$1 per GB now, and it's almost impossible for both drives to fail simultaneously. Even if one fails, data recovery is usually possible, though not cheap.
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Any half decent DVD RW is the best thing now. I also use Nixvue when travelling.
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Old Thursday 5th August 2004, 18:49   #5
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I use two Maxtor external hard drives for storage, they are 'firewire' connected, (you can get USB 1 & 2 connection units also) they are available up to 300 gig, I back-up my images to both. What is also good, is that they can connect to my laptop too, so it is possible to store to one or both of them whilst on a trip, this saves the long job of downloading once I get back home, I can just plug the unit into my main PC and open images for editing. Maxtor units are not much larger than the average paperback book.
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Like Nigel, I use Maxtor external hard drives, but I archive to DVD+R (2 copies). DVD+R only because it was supplied with the HP computer a couple of years ago. One of the dual format dvd burners would likely be my choice today.
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Janine I save my images on a cd.I print off sheets of the small passport size pics,then put them onto a cd,putting the date on the printed copies so I can match up the cd,s to the printed sheets.CD,s are quite cheap,so at least I know I have all the decent pics stored.Our hard drive went up the swannee 2 yrs ago,and we lost all our dog photos,,I was really upset as we had lost the dogs,a year previous,so now I do not take any chances.Once the images are on the pc,ones that I really want to keep,I make sure I transfer them onto a cd.
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I am leaning toward the Maxtor drive, it seems the easiest way to do it.
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