Safe storing of digital pictures.

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Dear Imer's

Today morning I received a call from one of my friends that his laptop has been stolen. We had purchased our laptops together so he was enquiring on the details of the purchase dates so he can lodge a police complaint. He was repenting that he has lost several datas which will be difficult for him to recollect.

At this outset, it came to my mind that after purchasing my digital camera around 10 years ago I have been storing all the pictures in my laptop. So if some fine morning the laptop crashes all my pictures will be lost.

So experts can you please suggest a way how I can keep up a back up of photos.I have already around 40 GB of photo stored in my laptop.

Looking forward towards your suggestions.
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External hard disk? Flickr?
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Google Photos allows free unlimited storage at reduced size or free 15GB at original resolution. You can buy more space.

Dropbox allows 1TB at a very reasonable subscription.

Miscrosoft's OneDrive is a good alternative too.
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OneDrive free was reduced to a paltry 1Gb start of May (got an email). Second Google storage and additionally a nice portable SSD.
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1GB? Are you sure? It was reduced from 15GB to 5GB recently for my free accounts.

I second the advice to have a physical backup on an external drive as well as cloud storage.
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Pertinent question, I was backing up my photos on an external hard drive. One question on cloud storage like Google or Dropbox, what kind of rights and or access to your photos do they enjoy
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You have full rights to your data. Whether they can access your files is doubtful as it is end-to-end encrypted, but we know that recently a company helped the FBI crack a locked iPhone when Apple refused them access keys, so anything is possible.
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Originally Posted by sohom View Post it came to my mind that after purchasing my digital camera around 10 years ago I have been storing all the pictures in my laptop. So if some fine morning the laptop crashes all my pictures will be lost.
With respect, you are irresponsible and crazy!

And you are also very, very lucky.

Urgently, get an external USB drive and copy all your pics and other data onto it.

Almost as urgently, get a second one, do the same, and take it to your office, or a friend, but out of and not too near your house.

Keep both these up to date by doing a regular backup and swapping them.

You are not the only one, I used to have a 10-year-old laptop too, but, even though many of them might last that long, it is waaay beyond the expected life of a hard disk. None of my full-size PC disks have lasted half that time.

I do what I recommend above. Back in my working days, I would have considered this strategy laughably inadequate and dangerous... but that's for commercial systems and data, it is ok for my personal stuff.

So, lucky man! Luck runs out: do something about backups. Start today!
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post 1GB? Are you sure? It was reduced from 15GB to 5GB recently for my free accounts.
You is right. It is five.

For some reason (terrible net speed in India, in general, maybe), I've preferred offline storage to online. Had bad experiences with HDD and got an SSD last year.
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Flickr also allows 1TB storage.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post For some reason (terrible net speed in India, in general, maybe), I've preferred offline storage to online. Had bad experiences with HDD and got an SSD last year.
Various incarnations of the cloud are useful for convenient access. However, I would not trust my backups or primary storage to any of them.

I would quite like, on the other hand, to use online storage as a second string and convenience thing. The difficulty is getting started. My broadband connection is quite good, but I have and upload speed of less than 1Mb/s and a monthly cap of 80G... so how on earth would I upload that initial terabyte!

We have all had bad experiences with HDDs. It is inevitable. Actually, they are incredible devices with a resilience that should be impossible, but engineering has achieved it. What people have to remember is that they are probably the most mortal part of any computer.

SSDs cut out the mechanics, but they are mortal too. Everything electronic is mortal it meets power surges or nearby lightening strikes. So do please backup your SSDs too.
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10 years without a backup gives me the shivers! I keep cloned backups of backups and have had to fall back on 'em a few times in the past decade!

I use the cloud storage principally for trivial handy backups of contacts, calendars and mobile camera pics.

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