Friday, March 11, 2011

Backing up My Photos

One of my friends mentioned yesterday that he's archiving every single photo on his computer to Flickr.  He figures $25 (per year) is a cheap back-up for all his photos.  I never thought about it that way before.  I've always had a free account at Flickr, and I haven't been consistent enough with my uploading to figure I needed a paid account.  With a free account, you have a 300MB per month limit on photo uploads, and I've never even come close to exceeding that.  But, as a back-up for all my photos ... that might just be worth paying for.

Currently I put my photos on CDs and DVDs and back them up to an external hard drive in the basement.  Which is all well and good, unless something happens to my house, like a tornado or a fire or some other disaster.  Then what?  The hard drive is in the basement.  My computer is in the house.  My photo CDs and DVDs are in the house.  I can look for new homeowners insurance until the cows come home, but I'm never going to find insurance that will be able to get my photos back.  I think my friend has the right idea - $25 per year is not a lot to pay for peace of mind.  Maybe I need that pro Flickr account after all.  I at least need to find someplace other than the house to store my CDs and DVDs.

What do you do to protect your photos?  Is there a better way than uploading them all to Flickr?  I'd love to hear it.
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