How do I deal with storage problems for photos?

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I am running out of space on my C drive.  The culprit is pictures.  What do you recommend I do to
improve this problem of space?  Regardless of where I transfer the pictures to I want to maintain easy access.
Some individuals have suggested the Cloud but I currently do not use the Cloud.
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Capreol
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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.

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External hard disk.  Two would be better as one can be a backup for the other.

USB connection and you're all done.
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If I do that are the photos easily retrievable/accessed on startup?
thanks,
Capreol
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.

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Oh, yes.
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Richard ChristensenRetired computer technician

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How do I do that...just switch to the drive letter?
thanks,
capreol
this will change the default location of your Windows Pictures folder:
How to Move Your Pictures Folder Location in Windows 10

This tutorial will show you how to move the default location of your Pictures folder to where you want in Windows 10.

It is highly recommended to create a system image backup first to make it easy to undo if you were to make a mistake in the steps below.

Here's How:

1. If you currently have your Pictures folder protected by OneDrive, then you will need to temporarily turn off OneDrive protection for this folder until after you move it.

2. If you haven't already, you will need to create a new folder named Pictures at the location (ex: "E:" ) you want to move your personal Pictures folder to. (see screenshot below)

3. Open This PC in File Explorer (Win+E), right click on your Pictures folder, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

 If you don't see the Pictures folder in This PC, then you can also click/tap on the icon in the address bar of File Explorer, type shell:My Pictures into the address bar, and press Enter to open your Pictures folder no matter where it may be located.

You can then right click or press and hold on an empty area in your Pictures folder, and click/tap on Properties.

4. Click/tap on the Location tab, and click/tap on the Move button. (see screenshot below)

5. Browse to and select the Pictures folder at the location (ex: "E:\Pictures" ) from step 2, and click/tap on Select Folder. (see screenshot below)

6. Click/tap on OK to apply. (see screenshot below)

7. Click/tap on Yes to move all the files from the old location to the new location. (see screenshot below)

8. Your personal Pictures folder and all of its contents will now be moved to the new location (ex: "E:\Pictures" ). (see screenshot below)
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Richard, can you tell us the size on disk your pictures take?  then we can make specific suggestions
Richard ChristensenRetired computer technician

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That is a very astute question Nobus.  The pictures currently take up 66 Gb, 22914 files and it is a 500
GB hard drive.  Currently, about 60% of its space is taken up.
thanks,
Capreol
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in your case, i would use an external usb3 drive, they come relatively cheap
you may even use a couple, in case one fails - if you want to feel very safe
here you see the best ones :  https://www.techradar.com/news/best-external-desktop-and-portable-hard-disk-drives
here a 1TB drive for 50$ - and note the 5tb model for 110$ too
that gives you plenty of room - you can even make your backups on it
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Thank you to all the experts who participated on this question.
Capreol
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personally - i have an internal 6 TB drive for all backups, and an extra 3 TB drive for a 2nd copy

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