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    Default External hard drive for storing photos

    I have way too many photos stored on my computer, Ive got photos from 2008, so you imagine the number of photos. Ive made 3 dvds of some of the photos but the process is time consuming because I have to compress the photos, and another downside is that dvds can easily get damaged (eg scratched) so I have just left it at 3 dvds. I was thinking is it wise to buy an external hard drive to store my photos, that way I know i wont lose them.

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    How much storage do you need in total for the next two years?

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    I have been pulling out internal hard drives out of my old desktop computers and laptops and using them as storage using sata to usb converter cable. If you have spare hard drives at home you could use them.

    If your requirement is less then 50 GB then Dropbox is offering that much for free for the next two years although you would need to have them stored locally as well because dropbox is like backup which you can fall upon in case your local drive crashes.

    Date stored in just one single hard drive is as good as lost in my opinion as hard drives tend to fail once in a while. If you value your data then store it in atleast two different drives. If you have the money to spend then get a rack of network hard drives which you can also access through the cloud. It costs a lot but your data would be safe.

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    Nowadays, you can get 1 TB external Hard Drive for around 5K. Store all your photos and videos.

    Else you may sign up for the Amazon AWS services and use its S3 buckets Amazon S3, Cloud Computing Storage for Files, Images, Videos

    First year is free. After that they will charge you only for the data transfer which will be very nominal.

    Go Cloud and Access your Files Anywhere!

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    @Admin - I dont have spare hard drives, otherwise this coud have been an option. With dropbox after 2 years do they start charging?

    I cant spend too much money on storing photos, they are important and precious but its not something which I would spend alot of moneyon for storing them.

    @itsmemad - Canyou get 1TB hard drive for any less than Rs5000

    what is cloud?

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    Yes. It is quite possible to get a 1TB disk for Rs. 5000.

    Cloud is an online service over the internet. Everything from Google Piccassa to Dropbox to Amazon is a cloud storage service.
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    Yes, there are 1 TB External Hard Drives ranging between 4k - 5k on Flipkart.

    A cloud storage service is an Internet hosting service specifically designed to host user files. It allows users to upload files that could then be accessed over the internet from a different computer, tablet, smart phone or other networked device, by the same user or possibly by other users, after a password or other authentication is provided. Typically, the services allow HTTP access, and sometimes FTP access.

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    How safe is it using cloud storage? And how safe is it, I mean is there assurity that data wont get lost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preeti_20 View Post
    How safe is it using cloud storage? And how safe is it, I mean is there assurity that data wont get lost?
    There are three risks. One. You loose track of your account and password; I mean really loose it - can't remember password recovery question/answer, etc. Second. The cloud company folds up. Third. The company servers are hacked or attacked and all data is lost.

    All three risks are very low I'm my opinion. Your hard disk may also crash. It happened with me. Multiple backups is the only answer to reducing risks.

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    The cloud backup thing is actually backup. You have to have the same files locally as well. Like on dropbox you have to have everything locally aswell. There are some services that allow you to store files just like that but to be honest the prices are too high and our internet connections in India are not good enough to use such services when there is a lot of data involved.

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    How about on a CD, it does take time, but then again so does cloud storage, and if your going to be sharing photos in multiple places ie more than one computer then that will take time too. USB is also an option, but then you would need to winzip the photos which you will also have to do with the CD.

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    I dont think I will purchase an external hard drive just yet, so my options are cloud storage I think.

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    from a prolific user of external hard drives, my answer is that, they suck.

    Cloud storage, or server based storage such as picasa by google, dropbox, 4shared, etc are very very good options and they are free.
    also worth mentioning: photobucket.

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    Why do you say that external hard drives are not good?
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    Apart from the external hard drive or where ever you store you photos always make sure you save them somewhere else as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preeti_20 View Post
    Wh do you say that external hard drives are not good?
    hard drives in general are not reliable when they are not inside a computer cabinet, or inside a laptop. add to this fact that the portable hard-drives available all use unreliable cables and connectors. The connectors and cables wear out after a while, and loose USB connections have caused me umpteen terabytes of lost data after crashes. I have helped at least 10-12 of my friends recover data from such crashed hard drives. I normally store movies and other files on these hard drives, (i have 7 external hard drives 3x 80gb, 1x 160gb, 1x 320gb, 1x 500gb and 1x 2tb) and none of these hard drives contain critical data. They only have something which I can re-download off the net. All of the critical stuff is on my laptop's internal hard drive, and backed up online.

    I currently have all of those mentioned above, except the 500 gb. TRA***end have been promising to replace that since 2011.

    So, in case you need to store pics of your birthdays, marriage, outings with friends, etc, the internal hard drives are better than external ones. For all the stuff downloaded off the net, external hdds are good enough.
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    I now saved my photos on two computers, and as suggested Im also going to store the photos on cloud storage. Its the best option. I cant imagine the number of photos there will be in a couple of years time.

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    Good decision, its the best way to go when wanting to make sure you dont lose your photos.

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    What some people dont realise is that just like the hard drive in your computer or laptop the external hard drive can also crash. You would be better off storing the photos on cloud storage. Unless if you do get a hard drive you have a secondary storage as well.

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    Not only the damage issue but the cost as well, getting an external hard drive would work out to be more costly, where as cloud storage is either free or costs as low as $5 a month.

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    I slightly disagree with KaranS because yes hard drives do get damaged but they can also be repaired. External hard drives can last up to 10 years without them getting any problems. Problems can also incur when you use cloud storage as well, although the chances are less but they still can incur.

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    I no longer use CD/DVD to store my data because of life of DVD/CD is short and most of peoples don't store their CDs in good temp. condition.

    For data protection purchase a 2 pendrive and store backup copy on your 2nd pen drive. If possible then also take a backup of data to other pc/drive. online cloudstorage is not recommended for storing data for many years

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