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Don't Risk Losing Your Precious Memories: Save Your Pictures Online

Updated on October 29, 2010

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:



One of the few files I saved on my computer when I transferred my Alaska pictures to the doomed external hard drive.
One of the few files I saved on my computer when I transferred my Alaska pictures to the doomed external hard drive. | Source


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      Addie's Momma 5 years ago from Bakersfield, California

      It was awful! I'm sorry you had this happen to you as well. I don't wish for anyone to loose their photos... not a good feeling at all! Thanks for your comment :-)

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      Kathy Sima 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      How heartbroken you must have been to lose those photos! I have had similar things happen to me with photos I've had stored on various computers and devices over the years. I think your advice to keep backups of your photos stored online is very wise.

      Thanks for sharing this info!

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      So sorry to hear about the loss of your precious vacation photos! Like you, I have lost an external hard drive, that I spent a pretty penny on! I do recall, the guy at the apple store telling me, "don't count on this to be your back up." Isn't that interesting? It crashed also, I don't know how to get stuff off of it if at all.

      Its smart to think of everything. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas. It may save someone some heartache one day. By the way, your Alaska photo you shared there is so beautiful!

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      lovol 6 years ago

      I used to use an external hard drive, but then you never quite remember what goes where and then you might lose it anyway. Now I use Lush Backup for all my computers. Now I can play my videos on my iPhone too!

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      Addie's Momma 7 years ago from Bakersfield, California

      Catcha, it is devastating when you loose precious photos. I think backing the photos up to a usb drive and saving them on an online photo storage is a good way to go. With my photography business I have become over-backed up as I keep the photos on an external h.d., a usb drive and online... I would rather be safe than sorry :-) Thanks for your comment.

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      catchadream 7 years ago from Lakeland, Florida

      I backup my photos on an external hard drive. I did have a scare recently and know I need to find the best way to backup my backup. My family pictures have been added to a USB flashdrive and I have started saving other photos to an online photo storage site.

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      Adwello 7 years ago from St Leonards

      Yes so often we rushed to switch off and forget to backup data. Even just slipping a CDR in the drive and recording the day's work is possible but otherwise one day slips into another and every hard disk will have its day inevitably. How sad it is when you lose precious photos of loved ones who have passed on. Use a USB flashdrive and store online too. Best of all, print out your favourites and frame them carefully behind glass. Always meaning to get around to it, we never do!