I knew I should have backed up all those photos!
You all sure know how to come through on the organizational advice. If this wasn’t my own blog I would bookmark it just based on all the good stuff you came up with for organizing my life and my photos. Now if someone would just come over to cook dinner and fold a few socks, I might actually be able to implement some of these systems. Any takers?
I’m pleased to say that reader Maria has ALREADY ordered her external hard drive based on all your comments, and reader Katy is looking for a suggestion on one to buy. Not like I’m the expert or anything, but I did consult a computer professional when choosing a backup drive, and we have this one, except when I bought it less than a year ago it was half the storage and twice the price or something like that. If your computer is new enough and you spend a little more you can get one with a Firewire connection, but our drive is just USB 2.0 and I find it lightning fast, actually.
Falling asleep yet? No? The next paragraph ought to take care of that.
Western Digital, Lacie and Iomega are all good choices for external drives (Don’t take it from me, check cnet.com and Amazon for reviews), and I’ve heard Maxtor isn’t very reliable—the fact that their drives are about half the price of the brands listed above ought to be your first clue that quality isn’t exactly their middle name. That being said, though, all hard drives CAN fail, so if you really love your pictures and your videos, look into off site storage as well.
And because I am helpful and because I really like SmugMug for off site storing and sharing of pictures and videos, here [rgRZPlbjuLfcc ] is a coupon code for $5 off a new account with them. Plus I get a discount of my own if you use that to sign up. And we all love discounts, don’t we?
Here’s what one of my galleries looks like on SmugMug, if you want to take a look.