Raw photo storage

Posted on 2009-04-14
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What are the best storage method(s) for archiving raw photos?
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briandunkle earned 2000 total points
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Like any backup/archiving, the more the merrier.
If it's professional, critical stuff, I would suggest external hard drives as well as two copies on DVD. And I would rotate the DVDs every couple of years, since they don't last forever.
You could get by with just the DVDs, make several copies and store them different places, and "refresh" them onto new copies every two years or so. That would feel pretty safe to me.

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Thank you Brian.  What about online storage?

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Any additional place is good. Seriously.
I don't know the online storage vendors, though. :/
I know about free ones, but if you have a ton of stuff it probably comes down to for-pay, and price.
Always worth a look - they then have their OWN backup of stuff, presumably very thorough.
If the cost isn't bad, you'd get some pretty good peace of mind.
I guess this is partly down to professional photographer vs family pictures. I have all my snapshots duplicated on two drives in my PC, which is okay...if it was pro stuff, though, I'd  want more.

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Thank You.

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