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Old Jul 7, 2005, 8:22 PM   #1
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I was wondering how everyone backs up theyre pictures on they're computer. I wanted to save all of my pics to CD but it would take alot of CDs. I wanted to know if anyone had any expeiriences with compressing photo files using zip programs as this seems to be the best and cheapest way to me
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I use a 250 GB external hard drive, very easy and at about $200, relatively inexpensive.
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Old Jul 7, 2005, 11:27 PM   #3
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JPG files aren't compressed by zipping. Other file types can be compressed to some degree.

I like CDR for archiving my photos. I write 2 CDs. One with gold CDR that will last and one on regular cyanine based CDR. The good CD is stored at the other end of the house and the el-cheapo stays in the computer room. Blank DVDs are getting where they are competitive but I just haven't gotten around to installing a writer.

I paste images into a folder until it is around 680Mb. I make a folder with the same name as the CD and have Irfanview put large thumbnails of the entire CD in the folder as a html file. You have to tell Irfanview to strip the original photos and the thumbnail file is small. I can look very quickly at what is on a CD without a complex filing system.

I always not only have Nero check the integrity of the CD but have EXIF Viewer look at the images before dumping the originals.


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My point isn't to give you a way to back up your stuff (others have done that.)
My suggestion is to make sure you pick a system that you'll actually do. I have a CD-Writer but I found that I wasn't backin up my pictures that way. So I got 2 external hard disks and use a simple batch file (script) to copy the necessary files to the external hard disks (and I copy other things, like files I download and pay for, my bookmarks, receipts of things I by online, that kinda stuff.)

Just make sure you set up a system that you'll actually follow. Sounds simple/obvious, but actually doing something is harder than you might think compared to planning it.

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Just make sure you set up a system that you'll actually follow. Sounds simple/obvious, but actually doing something is harder than you might think compared to planning it.

Good point.
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