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Hi

I have so many family pictures on SD cards, external drive, I have previously put them onto DV in the form of a slideshow but often wonder that even the DVDs can get scratched and damaged . So where do you keep your valuable pictures? What or where or how is the best place to keep pictures?
 

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I have several externals backing up my backups ... Just in case.
How about several data DVDs of the original Photos, Stored in different places ??
Maybe also a Picasa web album for the slide shows .. and/or a YouTube Video ??
 

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An external harddrive is your best option.

But as Noyb also said, storing them in multiple locations would provide the best security.
 

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An external hard drive should be used for backups, not archiving. The poster is asking how to store priceless family pictures long-term. A hard drive is not the best option. DVDs are your best option right now. They only get scratched if you continually handle them which you shouldn't be doing if you're archiving. Burn multiple copies on different brands and batches of disks, and put them in a safe deposit box.
 

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What about paper ??? .. Scrap books ??
By the time the HDDs/DVDs go the way of the 8 track tapes ...
And computers go the way of the slide rule .. You should still be able to look at a picture.

Walmart says their prints are good for 200 years.
My last batch of prints was only 13 cents each in quantities over 100.
I can't buy the ink and paper for that price.
 

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What about paper ??? .. Scrap books ??
By the time the HDDs/DVDs go the way of the 8 track tapes ...
And computers go the way of the slide rule .. You should still be able to look at a picture.

Walmart says their prints are good for 200 years.
My last batch of prints was only 13 cents each in quantities over 100.
I can't buy the ink and paper for that price.
I didn't go into excruciating detail with my recommendations, but obviously you need to continue to migrate your archived data from media to media continuing to keep up with technology.

I don't have data on on the longevity of prints. Perhaps you do. If you go that route, obviously they have to be kept in a climate/temperature controlled environment as well.
 
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I'd disagree about the DVD's as a long-term storage option. Many DVD's I made less than 5 years ago, though sealed in plastic, have started to flake and separate.

I'd actually suggest multiple methods as well, but a hard drive is probably the safest for long-term storage. Hard drives that I have now that are 20 years-old still are as readable as they were on day one. But if I were going to store pictures that meant a lot, I'd have a dedicated drive that was kept in an anti-static bag with silica gel in a cabinet somewhere. Even slight moisture is the enemy of hard drive platters. The only drives I have had fail after storage were stored in a dry cellar, not moist but just cool, and that alone was enough to kill them.

External hard drives are the most unreliable of any storage method. They get knocked or dropped, which can be easy at times due to their cords, and the drives are dead. The data may still be there, but very expensive to recover.
 

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It would seem you and I, Elvandil, have exactly opposite experiences. There must be more to the story of your DVDs that started flaking after 5 years. That just doesn't happen. I have some that are 15 years old, and they're still perfectly readable. I have a hard drive that's 5 years old that can't be read.

Experts will agree that optical media is good for long-term storage provided they're stored properly. A sealed plastic bag is not the best unless you sealed them with a special device that ensured the removal of all moisture. Plastic clamshell cases work well.
 

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Thank you for all the different replies. I am still not sure what is the best method for me. OK so is an external hard drive different to a hard drive? :confused:
 

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An external Hard Drive is the same as an internal Hard Drive .. They both are Hard Drives.
Probably the best is store them in several places .. In a Hard Drive, on Optical media and maybe even pictures in a scrap book.
 
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A copy on your computer and a copy on an online cloud storage (some are free) would be the cheapest and easiest place to start.

Regardless of backup media, backups should be routinely refreshed and checked for integrity.
 

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If you plan on having these photos for Memorabilia for the family and Gkids .. After we're gone ..
I think a photo album would be the best.
CDs, HDDs and links to Cloud storage (YouTube and/or Picasa) can get misplaced or become obsolete.

The most precious thing I have is my Gfathers album that includes photos of my GGpaw.
I just wish he'd labeled who was in the picture .. I've scanned many of the pics to my computer genealogy files.
My wife is maintaining several huge Scrap Books for the memories .. They include CD/DVDs

The best depends on your purpose for the Pics.
 

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I want us to enjoy the pics when we are old and wrinkly and also for my kids and future grandkids.
I am getting the picture...sorry no pun intended!!! So which online FREE storage place would you recommend?
 

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You could make a Video Slide Show with music and upload it to Youtube ..
And/or Picasa Web albums.

Examples .... Picasa ... YouTube
 
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I use MS Sky Drive (25GB free) and Picasa Web Gallery (2GB free, $5.00/year for 20GB)
You can store just about any kind of file on both, and Web Gallery storage also applies to Google Docs.
Both Carbonite and Acronis offer online backup services that seem to work well.
With the current state of archiving materials and services, and the lack of tech savvy among consumers, I believe most people will virtually no access to digital images from their childhood after 20-30 years.
 
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