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18th of March 2007 (Sun), 10:51
I'm new to digital photography and I'm quickly filling up my hard drive with images. What do you guys recommend for backing up/archiving these files?
I'm the kind of packrat who still has negatives he shot in junior high. Negatives are (relatively) easy -- stick them in a sleeve, put the sleeves in a safe place and you're done. Now I'm faced with a dilemma, how to be a packrat with digital photos.
All it would take is one good crash for me to loose every photo on my hard drive. Backing up to a CD sounds risky as I understand recordable CDs degrade over time. And they don't hold that much. A flash drive sounds like it may work, but I've seen situations where flash drives weren't compatible with certain operating systems. 10 years down the road, can I be sure that my computer will recognize my 10-year flash drive?
18th of March 2007 (Sun), 11:33
You should establish a good, solid DAM (Digital Asses Management) methodology, and organize before you get too deep into an unstructured and difficult system.
There is an excellent book, called "The DAM Book" by Peter Krogh, that you ought to read as a starting point.
There is an entire online forum dedicated to DAM and teh applications and processes that people are using for it. You can find it here:
Flash Drives are not long-term archive solutions, CD's and DVD's have finite life expectancies, and file formats change over time.
Read the book, read the forum, and establish a workable system that meets your needs.
18th of March 2007 (Sun), 14:19
Thanks. This looks very sophisticated. I'm not sure my photography really rises to the level where this level of sophistication would be justified for what are little more than snapshots.
18th of March 2007 (Sun), 20:47
The basic principles apply, regardless whether you are collecting family snapshots or cataloging fine art prints.
A good naming system, a simple folder structure, a decent catalog tool, and you have a manageable system.
18th of March 2007 (Sun), 21:18
I back up to an external hard drive, plus burn to dvd. I'll usually burn 2. One to keep at home. One offsite. Digital media is cheap, and it's worth the peace of mind.
Jon, The Elder
19th of March 2007 (Mon), 13:41
SWP...pretty much got it. Those seemingly "just snapshots" may be the only photos you have of something. Fire, flood, divorce can change things in a blink.
19th of March 2007 (Mon), 14:42
DVDs are pretty stable if you use the right type. I use Taiyo Yuden (http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=178622)manufactured media as they have shown themselves to be every bit as reliable as a gold archival disk (http://www.encoredataproducts.com/Gold-Archival-Gold-Media-p-1-c-344.html?gclid=CKq9gKvJgYsCFRlmWAodrxPaJg)and are pretty inexpensive. I have recently condensed all my very old digital pics taken with my Nikon coolpix700 from CDs to DVD and some of these disks were coming up on 8 years old. Of the 15 or so disks, I had zero bit errors and all 15 disks fin on 2 DVDs. So for about a quarter for almost 5 gig, I can burn a couple to back up the backups and re-copy every decade or so.
19th of March 2007 (Mon), 14:47
Seagate (or Maxtor) external harddrives with backup software.
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