All it takes is a hard drive crash, and the digital memories you didn’t back up are lost forever. To protect your digital photos and videos for generations to come, consider these options.
External Hard Drives
After making a copy of your photo and video collection, your files should be stored in a location different from your computer’s hard drive. External hard drives let you easily store your digital memories in a separate place. Many models can automatically back up your computer’s data on a frequent basis, so you don’t have to manually take care of the task. And because these drives are portable, you can keep your images in a safe place, such as a safe deposit box or friend’s home.
Online Photo Services
Online photo services offer an inexpensive way to share and store multiple images and videos on the Internet for little or no cost. These sites often provide editing tools, such as cropping, red-eye removal, and color enhancement, to make your images look their best before sharing them. In addition to professional prints, you can order items that feature your favorite photos. The possibilities are almost endless with photo books, slide show DVDs, mouse pads, mugs, T-shirts, blankets, and more.
With media management software, time-consuming backups can automatically be done for you. Select media programs can also organize and archive your files on a variety of media, such as external hard drives, BDs, DVDs, or CDs. Features such as photo tagging can also make it easier to find specific images at a later date. If you would like to put finishing touches on your media, look for a program that also includes photo and video editing capabilities plus sharing options.