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Don't Risk Losing Your Precious Memories: Save Your Pictures Online
Losing Precious Memories
Have you ever had a computer crash on you? I am sure if you are an avid computer user like myself you have at one time or another had a computer crash on you. Sometimes if the hard drive is still readible a computer expert can pull your data off and save your important documents and precious pictures. However, there are times when the data is corrupted and you cannot recover your documents... this happened to me.
A few years back I took a two week vacation and toured Alaska, from the interior to the Port of Vancouver, Canada. Being an amateur photographer at the time, I was snapping photographs left and right. I would be hanging off of trains and spending hours on the veranda watching as the boat glided by monstrous glaciers and beautiful lush landscapes; trying to capture every beautiful detail of the area. By the end of my trip I ended up with over 2,300 photographs, with about 2200 of them being awesome shots. I knew there would be a possibility of losing my pictures to a hard drive failure, so I purchased an external hard drive to safe my precious photographs.
To my disapointment, I went to view the pictures a year or so later and found out my external hard drive had shorted out and I lost every picture that was on the drive. I thought my external hard drive was the safest place to keep important documents but apparently it was not. Since then I have found alternate ways of saving photographs so I will not loose my precious data again. I would like to share them with you.
Possible Storage Solutions
Being a victim of hard drive failure myself, I highly recommend having a secondary storage place for your photograph files (jpegs and raw). You can always purchase an external hard drive, usb memory stick, secondary hard drives, and other pieces of electronic storage for your secondary location. However, on top of saving your files on your computer and on a back up storage, I would HIGHLY recommend that you store your files online as well. Whether you have five hundred photographs or ten thousand, your best bet to keep your memories safe is to upload them to a photo storage site as well as having them on your computer and back up drive.
There are endless sites that offer photo storage. Some of the most popular storage sites are:
There are hundreds of photo storage sites available. Most of the sites offer a certain amount of free storage space. Many sites also offer more storage at a small monthly or yearly fee depending on the amount of storage you need. To get around paying for online storage, you can even save photographs on multiple websites until you have the storage you need.
Other Internet Storage Sites
If you need to back up all of your documents and files on your computer, there are actually sites for that too! Most of the storage providers let you try their services for a trial period for free to see if their services will suit your needs. Some of the services even allow you to access your files on other devices such as the Ipad and various smart phones.
Some of the useful storage sites are: