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How to Safely Store Your Digital Photos

Digital photos are increasingly common, but once they're destroyed you may not be able to get them back. Here are some tips for safe photo storage.

The age of the digital camera has made it a lot easier to snap hundreds of photos without as much as a second thought. What’s more is that these “pictures” often don’t take up any physical space at all (at least not any more space than the tiny piece of memory they occupy). But what do you do with all of your photos as the collection grows into the thousands? How can you ensure that you will be able to retrieve your photos down the line, even if you are using a new computer or your current computer crashes? Fortunately, there are a number of practical and easy solutions for this problem. Here are some suggestions for how to safely store your digital photos:

Optical media


This includes CDs and DVDs, which you can transfer your computer’s data to for cheap and easy storage. As mentioned, optical media is inexpensive, and even those with very little computer experience can make these simple transfers. However, it is only safe to store your digital photos on optical media if you can store your discs in a controlled environment. Therefore, to safely store your digital photos using optical media, you are also faced with the obligation of safely storing your optical media.

External hard drives

Plug these inexpensive devices into your computer’s USB port and you can have your entire digital photo collection backed up in a matter of minutes. External hard drives are easy to find and easy to use. They are also “safer” than optical media when it comes to long periods of storage, and don’t take up very much space. However, you must store them in a controlled environment to protect the integrity of the technology (and the photos stored in the technology).

Memory cards


You always have the option of keeping your photos on memory cards, which are extremely tiny and can be labeled for archiving purposes. Memory cards are relatively inexpensive, but also easy to lose, so if you choose this method of digital photo storage, be sure to keep your memory cards in a secure spot, like a safety deposit box or safe.

Cloud storage

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This is just a new way of saying “Internet storage.” Basically, when you upload your digital photos to your cloud storage unit, you can rest assured that they are safe and sound, and taking up none of your computer’s memory or home’s space. What’s more is that many cloud storage services are cheap or free.

As you can see, you have many options when it comes to safely storing your digital photos. Take your personal needs (and abilities) into consideration when making the all-important decision of how and where to store your precious memories.

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