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Backing up and safeguarding digital photos made easy: a useful guide

Photos being deleted accidently – that has happened to almost anyone who owns a camera in any form and knows how to transfer said pictures. Often, we are in a hurry when we transfer the photos to our PCs or laptops, and we forget to properly name the folder. Later on, not knowing what the folder is, we may delete it accidentally. Although there are many ways to recover accidentally deleted photos, we still get scared and ponder about what needs to be done about the lost pictures. What most people do wrong is not follow a simple protocol – safeguard all your photos by backing them up, either after the trip, or at the end of every day. This ensures that you don’t lose a single photo in any way. It is always better to go for prevention rather than the cure, as doctors put it. So let us now look at some of the best ways that you can back your photos up to safeguard them. Read on to find out more.

 

 

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Saving on CDs and DVDs

Saving all your photos on a CD or a DVD is always the most easily achievable solution that you can come up with. But this involves a bit of hard work. You need to properly name and mark all the files and folders that you save on your CD or DVD. Generally, it is a good idea to use a DVD, because a CD provides on 675 MB of storage space, whereas a DVD provides 4.34 GB. That’s almost 7 times more. Storing these CDs and DVDs also requires careful attention, as the surface may get scratched.

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Saving on external Hard Disks

Using an external hard disk to store all your valuable files and folders is a very good option nowadays. You do not have to compromise with space on your system drives, and you can quite easily ensure that all your data is secure. Whenever you come back from a trip, or a day’s work, simply connect your camera and your hard drive to your laptop or your PC, and transfer all photos to specific folders on the drive. You can carry this hard drive anywhere you go, so you’ll serve two purposes here – safeguard your photos, and have them ready for use whenever you need them.

Saving on USB flash drives and memory cards

Although USB drives and memory cards are slowly becoming obsolete with the advancement of technology, it is still a good option to use this portable storage options to backup all your photos. Digital photos tend to get corrupted or deleted, either by accident, or by effect of viruses. It is up to you to ensure the survival of your photos. Use 64 GB flash drives and memory cards for best results, as the 128 GB ones are a bit unstable and tend to get corrupted easily by viruses. If you want, you can lock your USB drives as well. Each manufacturer provides you with programs that turn your drive into an actual vault, which only you can access with the password that you set.

Saving digital photos by printing them

Although having photos in the digital form is a good idea, you can also print all your photos and save them in an album or scrapbook. This age old technique is still famous because if your hard drive crashes, or your files get corrupted, you will still have hard copies of your photos, which you can get scanned and turned into their digital counterparts. For best results, use high GSM photo paper, preferably the glossy ones, as they tend to last longer. The matte finish variant dulls with time.

Saving on the cloud

Cloud storage is the most recent brainchild of technological advancements. There are several websites out there, like Google Drive, iCloud, SkyDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive, etc. that provide you with ample storage space, which you can use to safeguard your photos at anytime. If you have a habit of clicking photos with your smartphone or tablet cameras, you may choose to upload the photos directly to cloud, along with a saved copy on your phone memory. Some of these sites provide free storage space of up to 15 GB, whereas some start charging after 10 GB of storage, on a per GB basis. So choose your cloud wisely.

Guys, I hope that this article will guide you to know about various ways of taking backup of digital photos from your shutter bugs because “Photos” are really very precious which captures various important moments of your life.

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