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Tip #13: Talking Equipment - Back It Up

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

One last thing is essential for today's digital photographer - an external back-up hard drive. In the old days we would store negatives in glycine sleeves and slides in plastic sheets. Today, storing digital images can be tricky. Without a physical entity to your images, it's easy to accidentally delete or loose them on your computer. (I actually know someone who unknowingly deleated 5 years worth of photos!) Plus so many hi-res photos will eventually bog down your hard drive.

You could burn them to a CD or store them on a mini flash drive, but these also have their drawbacks. I've found the easiest (and somewhat safest) method of storing digital images is to save them to a dedicated external hard drive.

External hard drives are simple to plug in to a USB port and use right away without having to fuss with software, etc. They're also relatively inexpensive, usually under $100 and offer tons of storage space. When you're saving hundreds (or thousands!) of high resolution photos you need mucho storage capacity, and that's exactly what you get with an external hard drive.

I have two external hard drives. One I use at work to store product photos related to my job. The other is at home storing my stock images.

With Halloween rolling around next week, I thought I would throw in a pumpkin pic.

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