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Store your pictures

In these digital times, pictures often end up being kept in our mobile phones and digital cameras. This is not a good alternative. It is better to spend a little time thinking about a good storage alternative.

10/09/2013Print article

By Elina Blom Westergren

Since the advent of the digital camera we have been documenting just about everything. It is so easy to just reach for the mobile phone or camera in your pocket and click off a couple of pictures. But regardless of whether you want to remember holiday memories or lovely days, it is equally important to store the photos safely.
Many pictures often end up in a folder on the hard drive of your computer. This is not a good option: if the computer crashes one day, in the worst case all those memories will be gone. Better to find a well-functioning storage solution.
There are several different alternatives: storage on an external hard drive or network hard drive, storage on a USB stick, cloud storage and storage on a DVD.
The alternatives
All storage alternatives have pros and cons. The hard drive has a lot of space, but can crash if you are not careful. The USB-stick also has a lot of space but costs a bit more in comparison.
“The USB stick is really good. You can get ones with quite a lot of space now, which is good. The disadvantage is that they are easy to lose and you get less space for your money than what you get with a hard drive,” says Mattias Wenblad who works as a photographer.

Cloud storage is often very secure but can be expensive if you have many pictures. Dvds in comparison store a small number of images in comparison to other alternatives and can also be scratched easily, so these should be avoided as a first storage option.
A good alternative is to store them on a network hard drive, a so-called NAS which works as a simple computer dedicated to storage. You can mirror the contents, so if one hard drive crashes there is always a copy stored on the other. The disadvantage is that this often costs a bit and doesn’t give any guarantee that your pictures will be safe if for example there is a fire.
“I save my pictures on external hard drives. The ones I am especially careful with I copy and store as doubles on two separate hard drives so that I have a back up if one doesn’t work,” says Mattias Wenblad.
The most secure option is to keep the different hard drives in different places, just in case for example you have a fire in your home.

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