A few years back, most people only had SLR cameras which used film and as a result there were far fewer photos taken. But these days with the advent of digital cameras and smartphones you can take as many photos as you want and only have the ones you really like printed. While this is a brilliant surge forward, it also means that there is a new problem to think about, and it’s the problem of where on earth you are going to store all of these photos! Keeping your family photos safe is really important – all those pictures that you take of the kids growing up will be treasured for years to come, so it’s vital that you keep them safe. So where do you keep them? Here are a few options:
Your Hard Drive
Most people back their photos up to their hard drive and this is a great way of making sure all of your photos are kept organized. However, have you considered what would happen if your computer died? The chances are that you’d never see those photos again, and that would be heartbreaking. To cover your back, make sure you back these files up to an external hard drive too, and make sure this device is kept somewhere that is locked and safe from the risk of damage from things such as fire and flood. Having a backup copy of your photographs is a very sensible idea and you may be very glad you did at some point in the future.
Print Them Out
Of course one way of making sure you have access to all of your family photos is to print them out and put them in frames and photo albums. Needless to say, they are still at risk from fire, flood or other damage but at least you always have them to hand – just make sure that copies are saved somewhere too. It’s lovely to have photo albums to flick through and it’s much nicer than flicking through images on a screen. Leave your photo albums out on display in your house for your friends and family to enjoy when they pop over for a visit.
Another option for storing family photos is to keep them online. There are dedicated sites such as Flickr which is great for sharing and storing your photos. Facebook also offers the option of creating unlimited amounts of photo album folders, and there are many other websites available too for this purpose. If you’d rather keep your photos private then you can opt to back them up to your own dedicated Cloud space – a limited amount of space is available for free and after that it’s just a case of paying for the extra space that you need.
If you lose your photos then the first thing that you should do is speak to a data recovery company who will be able to investigate it for you and tell you whether or not it is likely that they can get your photos back. To avoid the risk of losing them altogether, it is always advisable to back them up.
The author of this post is Nancy Baker, is a freelance blogger who is currently writing for Hard Drives For Sale, retailers of WD25EZRS-00J99B0 hard drive. She loves to experiment with her gadgets and reinvent new uses. You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker.