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7 great ways to store and protect your photos

What are the best ways to save your photos? Here are a few effective methods you should try.

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You can lose your valuables and possessions when disaster strikes. Despite this, there is still the assurance that you can recover items you have lost.

Although you can replace items such as your furniture, electronics, kitchen sets, and other appliances, what about your photographs? Losing your photos can be heartbreaking, as they are a physical representation of your treasured memories.

So, how can you save your pictures to ensure they are safe? Here are a few effective ways you should consider.

  1. Store them on an external hard drive 
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Understandably, you may feel your photos are safe when you keep them on your computer. Computers, laptops, and other electronic devices are excellent modern tools today for saving your photos and data but are equally fragile and can suffer physical damage.

For instance, dropping or spilling something on your devices can compromise the safety of your pictures. These devices can also be stolen and develop software problems such as malware or viruses, and the only solution may be to wipe out the entire device, including your photos.

Backing up on an external hard drive can protect them against such risks. 

  1. Use multiple photo libraries

Using multiple photo libraries can mean playing attack instead of defense when dealing with potential disasters. You can use several photo libraries to organize and store your photos.

This way, you can move your old, unused, and duplicate photos to a different library stored on an external drive you barely use. Photo libraries are usually used by photographers who sell their work to newspapers, publishers, websites, and commercial businesses.

There is an option to organize your photos by year or topic and possibly save them to a cloud service. Libraries can be the best option when stored on redundant storage or used with cloud services. 

  1. Storing on memory cards isn’t enough
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The capacity of memory cards continues to grow and can hold hundreds of pictures, if not thousands at a go. However, most modern cameras have dual memory card docks, which means more capacity to store your photos.

Yet, it can be bad practice to keep your photos on your memory cards. When you lose track of your photos on the cards, you may have to fill them up later at an inconvenient time. Likewise, you may also have to delete your photos to make room for new ones.

A major concern for memory cards is that they are small and easy to lose. It makes sense to move your photos to the device itself or move to external storage. It is useful to refresh your SD memory cards every three or four years using the windows check disk command. 

  1. Print them out 

Most photographs taken with a digital camera or smartphone remain digital. Therefore, it is not common to see such photos printed out. However, printing your photos can be an excellent way to store them.

When you print your photos, you will have a copy to display and keep as a backup if you lose the digital copy. You can frame and display your printed photographs in your home or save it in a photo album. It is safe and easily accessible in either case.

You can do this using your printer at home or transform your photos into high-quality photo books to display your memories.

  1. Save as email attachment

Using your email is an excellent way of connecting and sharing information electronically, but what if you can also use it to store your photos and data? This is very simple. Draft an email, attach the images you want to save, and send them to yourself.

If you have multiple email accounts, you can send emails with photo attachments to the others. When the email is received, the photos will be saved on your email service and should be available for download on any device.

You may also consider creating files and organizing your email to prevent your photos from getting lost or accidentally deleted. 

  1. Cloud backup 

Would you rather fill your home with electronic devices or use cloud services to save your photos? Think of cloud services as an external storage device, although the only difference is that cloud services store your data online.

Cloud backup services are easy to use, and you won’t need a USB cable to transfer your photos. The process is very simple. Select the photos you want to save or back up and move them to the cloud. You can access your photos from any device with internet connectivity from any location. 

Several large firms, including Google, Apple, and Amazon, offer photo storage services. However, it can be expensive, depending on your storage requirement.

Additionally, the photos may not be readily accessible like your local storage since you’ll have to download them from the internet to attain them. You can also consider cloud storage options such as Dropbox, OneDrive, and Facebook.

  1. Burn on CDs 
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While this may be old school, saving your files, in this case, photos to CD or DVD, can be an excellent way to back up your photos. A single CD can save lots of photos and is easily transferable to your computer or another CD.

Burning your photos to CDs can be time-consuming yet free up a lot of space on your external hard drives and computers. However, there is a downside to this since CDs can take up physical space in your home or workplace and can be fragile.

Black CDs look the same, so it can be best to label each CD correctly to know which photos are on every CD. Saving your photos on CDs can be a fine approach in the short term, yet it may not be suitable for the long term.  

Photos are more than just prints and images. They capture our life events and memories we want to keep forever. Losing them can be traumatic, and we want to find ways to keep them. You want to consider the ways mentioned above to keep your photos safe.

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