Thursday, February 17, 2011

How I Back Up Our Digital Photos

I thought that I would talk about how I back up our digital photos.  Photos are very important to me since I love to scrapbook.
Woo, it's messy there.  It just means I'm busy!

We bought our first digital camera in 2003, and since then we've taken thousands of photos.  Unfortunately, I've had a few computer crashes over the years.  Luckily, all along I had uploaded our photos to a printing service, Winkflash.  That way, all of our digital photos were safe.  Phew!

A few months ago, I was reading about remote computer backup methods.  Handy Man and I decided that we were going to use Carbonite to back up our computers.  It costs $55 a year, but we believe the cost is worth the peace of mind.  Carbonite does automatic backup of pictures, emails, files, etc.  

We had started using CDs for photo backup, but it began to get expensive and cumbersome to use and store the CDs.  Another advantage of storing photos offsite is that your photos will be safe in the event there is a fire in your home.  

In a nutshell, here are the methods that I use to back up our digital photos:
  • I save them to our hard drive
  • I upload our photos to Winkflash
  • We use Carbonite for extra off-site back up
  • I print our photos every 2-3 months so we have hard copies of our photos
I decided to write about this after I read a great post from Angie at Echoes of Laughter about organizing photos and negatives:


Angie has some great ideas, and she has such a pretty blog.  Go and have a look:


Do you back up your digital photos? How do you do it?  

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21 comments:

Becky@OrganizingMadeFun said...

Yes, yes, we totally back up ours....and we use Carbonite, also. In fact, we just started using Carbonite the beginning of this year...took THREE weeks to back up our entire computer! Then, two weeks later our brand new hard drive CRASHED. Nothing was lost, nothing! Totally worth the money!

Becky B.
www.organizingmadefun.blogspot.com
Organizing Made Fun

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Yup, it's not a matter of IF you'll have a computer crash, but WHEN. Every computer I've owned has crashed at one point or another. ughhh! SO worth the money, just for the photos alone!

I know people who have lost ALL their photos because they only had them stored on their computers...which crashed. :-(

Scrappy Gal said...

We used to use Dropbox, but we actually outgrew that!! Now, we have a portable hard drive thingy that Rob knows more about, lol!

I am famous for having computer crashes and thankfully we've always been backed up in 1 form or another....it's really stupid not to be!

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Kristin said...

I back mine up 1.) On an external hard-drive and 2.) burned onto DVD. I'm always a little behind on burning the DVD's, so I'm extra-glad for the HD. Good idea about uploading to a printing site! (I am SO far behind on printing hard copies; years! Sigh.)

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I'mm ashmed and embarrassed to admit that I don't back up at the moment. I know it's stupid not to and I'm asking for trouble...and your post has made me think I really must do it. I'd be so gutted if I lost all my photos of the hildren. THANK You!

Sarahx

Pamela said...

Isn't it amazing the things we can do today with pictures compared to when we were chldren? I love taking lots of pictures the only printing as I need them. But you have to keep them somewhere and I have peace of mind when I know mine are safe.

Deanna said...

I also am a scrapbooker so I take thousands of photos that all seem important to me! :) I recently did a CD storage post on my site, www.shadytreediary.blogspot.com. Come on over and check it out!
We use an external hard drive, online storage, hard copies, and CD..similar to you. It's all worth it! Thanks for sharing!

keseeber said...

I use the Creative Memories software, Memory Manager. It has a feature called Shadow Copy, which puts a copy of all my photos (and how they are organized and edited) on my external hard drive every time I close the program. It's automatic, which is GREAT. I have had my computer crashed TWICE and both times all my pictures were back in minutes. I use Mozy as an extra precaution, just because they will back up an external hard drive, and Carbonite won't.

nofussacctng said...

I use Carbonite.com for all of my back up needs.. I used to burn to disks and do both.. but the key with carbonite is to make sure you have all of the folders chosen to be backed up..

my tip chose you desktop also. we all get lazy at times and not "filing" things away. so choosing the desktop will ensure that those files you have "forgotten" on your desktop will still be backed up.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Our Carbonite is set up to back up periodically, through the day.

Also, we don't use an external hard drive. I had looked into getting one, but I kept hearing over and over from my scrap friends about how their EHDs kept failing and failing, and deleting their pictures and everything!! :-(

All different brands too, it wasn't any one brand. It totally turned me off to the idea of using an EHD. Plus, the good/big ones are expensive...to us, it was just a better compromise to get Carbonite, that way it's another "off site" method of backup.

Tiffanee said...

Thank you. I trusted hubby to back up my batch of photos from Christmas and guess what....they can't be found. I am so sad. Thanks for the great tips.

Linda said...

I just found your blog and I'm totally inspired to organize, finish projects and back up those photos! I'm going to have fun going through all the older posts tonight! :)

abeachcottage said...

It is the wisest thing to back up, you never know when your computer is gonna crash. Thanks for the tips, will definitely check out winkflash

Bitterroot Mama said...

No, I don't! But I should. I thought about the CD method, but a friend recommended the external hard drive method. Thanks!

Alexandra said...

Currently, I backup to an external hard drive and copy all my pictures to CDs. You did make a good point about offsite storage in case of a fire. Definitely something to consider.

Carol said...

I back up onto DVD's. I am a scrapper and have most of them hard copy.

Mary said...

Thanks for this great reminder ... it is on my mental list of things to do - I just haven't yet!

Mary
http://makingfamilylifefun.blogspot.com

allysgrandma said...

another carbonite user here too.

Jacqui said...

I had a drive failure, 3 computer techs later and i lost 5-6 years of photos of my girls! SICK, wish i had known about "cloud" based storage. I scrapbook and have a void throughout 2002-2006. Going to check out carbonite. Thanks.

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