Backing up pictures...

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by EljayK004, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. EljayK004

    EljayK004 TPF Noob!

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    Obviuosly we want everything backed up, but it doesn't really make sense to burn a DVD everytime I empty a 1GB memeory card, so I was wondering what everyone else does with the pictures that are "in queue" to be burned. Right now I use a 2 folder set-up and don't delete the cards until they are burned, but I was wondering what everyone else does to see if anyone has any better ideas (I'm sure someone does...)
     
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    i always burn a 1gb card on to a dvd.

    it saves losing any and a disc only costs bout 20p
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I have 2 locations I put the files on. First is my local secondary hard disk. From there it goes to a small 40gb USB portable drive, so in essence, while I am working on pics, in general I will have 3 copies of the files for a while.

    When I have enough for 2 full DVDs, I burn them, verify them, then delete the ones on my hard drive and 40gb portable drive. The ones on the CF card are removed when I format the card in camera.

    The DVDs go on their own container, in an enclosed shelf on my computer desk that is dark, dry and cool. Up to now, I have somthing like 2 containers of 100 CDs and DVDs each that I have collected so far.

    The lifespan of a hard drive is sometimes measured in months (something like 3-5 years). The life of a CD/DVD in the kind of environment that I have mine in is averaged out to 150 years.
     
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    external hard drive...done and done...
     
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    Hard drives all the way. Buy a couple to back up the back up
     
  6. Why not?
     
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    Are you guys sure that dvd's are stable for that long? I know I have some that I burned movies on about 2 years ago that have been in a dvd book and never touched. I have tried to watch them and they skip towards the end of the movie. All of them do this at about the same point so its not an isolated thing.

    I am just wondering about the actual lifespan of these devices. Not trying to hijack this thread justget more input and options into backing up.

    Right now I use an external hard drive. I will start using dvd's also if you guys can tell me that the lifespan is even close to 20 years.

    -Puma-

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