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Digital Photo Storage Using Portable External Hard Drives

Updated on August 21, 2009

Losing your digital photos can be very upsetting. I know this from experience. My daughters first 2 years are on a computer drive for a computer that will no longer even turn on. You can not predict the loss of your digital photos. At any time your entire digital album pictures can be lost forever.

There are ways to save photos online, such as using third party media storage, but even this could be risky. The digital photo storage website could shut down and again, you risk losing everything. One smart method to saving digital photos is to invest in a digital photo storage unit that is separate from your computer, but still in your physical possession. This is where portable external hard drives come into play.

Using portable external hard drives for your digital photo storage is a smart move. The digital photo storage device external hard drive is usually a small compact sturdy hard drive enclosure the size of a book that can be taken anywhere and plugged into any computer using just a usb cord.

The memory size of these external storage devices can hold thousands and thousands of pictures, even the photo happy moms who take pictures on a daily basis will find a pocket hard drive that can handle their digital photo storage needs in addition to what they keep on their internal hard drive. Some large enough that you may never use up all the room available. Common external drives can hold 250GB, 320GB, 500GB, and more.

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If you can drag and drop a file into another folder on your computer, you can figure out how to use a pocket external hard drive. Plug in the USB in to your computer, open the drive file, and grab and drop the digital pictures into your folder. Now you have 2 copies of all of your photos. 1 on your computer, and another on your digital storage device so that should something happen, you still have your pictures.

This is also a great way to grab photos off your friends computers that you love and bring them back to your own computer. As easy as it is to put photos onto the pocket external hard drive, its just as easy to put them back onto a computer.

These photo storage devices make great gifts for everyone who takes digital pictures with their cameras. A quality portable external hard drive will cost around $50 to $200 depending on the size of the memory. Not just for photos either. Music collections, important documents, and more.. Anything you keep on your computer, you can save on your portable USB hard drive.


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    • Acquilles profile image

      Acquilles 8 years ago from Lucknow

      these drives are extremely useful....

    • dohn121 profile image

      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Wow. This was definitely helpful. The prices for these hard drives definitely plummeted in the last month or so. You brought up good points on why people should invest in these. Thanks.