The age of digital photography has made picture taking fun and easy. But once you get a collection of family memories on your computer hard drive, you need to take steps to make sure that those memories stay around forever. By taking the steps of doing regular a regular backup of your digital photos you won’t have to worry about them disappearing if your computer ever self-destructs.
Backup Digital Photos using CD/DVD
Just about every computer now comes with a CD/DVD drive capable of burning a disk. This handy means of storage makes it easy to archive digital photos and have a handy backup in case they ever need to be restored.
Most photo editing software will provide tools that make creating a CD/DVD easy. Likewise, most CD/DVD burning software will provide quick links for creating backup files.
When using CD/DVD backup for your digital photos, it’s a good idea to consider compressing the image folders into zipped archives. To create a zipped folder in Windows, simply right click on the folder containing your images, go to the Send To option and select Compressed Folder. By compressing your digital photos into a zipped file, there is less risk of damage to individual files once they are burnt to the CD/DVD.
Backup Digital Photos using Portable Hard Drive Devices
Portable hard drive devices come in a variety of shapes and sizes. From handy flash drives that plug into any USB port, to massive hard drives that are capable of storing every file on your computer. These handy devices make backups quick and easy to accomplish.
Flash drives are an excellent option for people who want to backup their digital photos, but also want the convenience of being able to take them along to share with friends or family. Flash drive devices can be purchased in a wide range of storage capacity ranging all the way to 32 gigabytes. With this range of storage, it’s easy to backup your digital photos from your computer’s hard drive to the tiny device.
Flash drives also provide the convenience and security of being able to keep a copy of your digital images off site from your home computer. This can protect your precious memories in the event of fire or other disaster.
External hard drives also provide an excellent means to backup your digital photos. External hard drives are much larger than flash drives, thus provide a lot more storage capacity. This is great if you’re looking for something that is capable of not only being able to backup digital photos, but also digital videos, and audio files. External hard drives are easy ways to perform regular backups at preset intervals, since most come pre-installed with software that allows you to select specific times to backup your digital photos along with the rest of your computers information.
Since external hard drives are easily connected to your computer through USB cable, it’s quick to move them from one computer to another. This is especially beneficial if you upgrade to a new computer, or if the primary hard drive fails for some reason. The portable size of the external hard drive also makes it easy to keep a secure backup of your digital photos and other important information off-site.
Backup Digital Photos using Online Storage
Another convenient way to backup your digital photos is to store them online. There are several online backup services which require a monthly fee, but there are other websites such as Snapfish (www.snapfish.com) which will allow you to store an unlimited number of digital photos free of charge.
Other websites, such as Flickr (www.flickr.com) and Picasa Web Albums (picasaweb.google.com), also provide online storage capabilities. These services have limitations in the amount of uploads, but upgrades to accounts are available for a fee.
Creating a backup of your digital photos online makes them easy to retrieve from any computer that connects to the internet, and also makes them easy to share with friends and family.
Backup your Backup of Digital Photos
With so many methods available to backup your digital photos, it’s easy to choose more than one method to keep your family photos safe. By having several backup methods in place, you will never be at risk of losing your digital photos if one of your backup methods fails for some reason.
Be sure to make it a regular habit to backup your digital photos, and routinely make a backup of that backup. It may seem redundant to have so many copies of your digital photos, but in a worst case scenario, you’ll be glad that you took the time.
Making a backup of your digital photos doesn’t have to be a chore, and with so many methods to choose from, there’s one that suits everyone.