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    I Used to Be Someone sheridesabeemer's Avatar
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    What's on your hard drive?

    My "hard copy" photo albums stop abruptly in 1999. There was some transition period where I had film cameras and was getting hard copies plus digital on CD.
    My earliest (and poorest quality) digital pics are from 1997. The pictures started piling up in earnest in 2000.

    I now have close to 3Gigs, 8,460 files in 176 folders. That's cleaned up pictures...no dupes, no throw outs. I keep up with them.

    So all I'm saying is I'm ready to play no repeat Free Association for a while.
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    After several hard drive melt downs, malfunctions or just bad juju there is only a couple of years of shots on hard drive #2. Fortunately most of the pictures had been backed up to media. Now I have one of those back up devices outside the machine and that spare inside the machine.

    So what is on the hard drive? Only those files I don't care if I lose. That's not pessimism - that's experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hodag View Post
    nothing but
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    Well that equates to 1 in decimal and probably the shortest, most compact operating system ever, you could have made a fortune with that, but of course now that you have posted the machine code for it, you kinda blew it, didn't ya?

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    Photo Album

    I hve about 8000 pictures, some scanned some from digital cameras. I estimate I will have about 12000 when I am done scanning old stuff.

    We have them sorted/filed by the content or context. It is a pleasure starting a slide shown on our flatscreen.

    I have them on several computers and a removable hard drive at home and work.

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    Lots of pictures. I've been going through my 'box o pics' and slowly scanning them into the computer. The are all on an external 50G hard drive, along with financial stuff and the like. That way, next time a wild fire rolls through, I won't have to crawl under the desk and unhook the 'mother ship', I can just grab the portable and toss it into the car.
    Too damn many bikes to list

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    We (my wife & I) probably have around 2-3k pictures or so on our hard drive. I've also started scanning in the older photos as I'd hate to lose them if something happened. We take all our photos/finances/etc and burn 'em onto DVD's once a month and put them in our bank's safe deposit box along with anything else critical not too lose.

    Highly recommend others do it and put it offsite somewhere....

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabentx View Post
    We (my wife & I) probably have around 2-3k pictures or so on our hard drive. I've also started scanning in the older photos as I'd hate to lose them if something happened. We take all our photos/finances/etc and burn 'em onto DVD's once a month and put them in our bank's safe deposit box along with anything else critical not too lose.

    Highly recommend others do it and put it offsite somewhere....

    SMART, very smart. It is not a matter of IF a hard drive will fail but WHEN kind of like a final drive.
    Last edited by PAULBACH; 02-08-2008 at 03:07 AM.

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    I have two back-up outboard drives, that i rotate backups on, the chances of both failing at the same time along with the internal drive are slim, when one gets around 3-4 years old it gets replaced, they are certainly inexpensive enough, 160gigs for under $200? yeah that's doable, considering what the personal value of the data is. Pictures that I have uploaded for viewing or modified for printing etc. get copied to CD's though storing them offsite is probably not a bad idea. In the end though only around 15% max of my pictures are really worth saving, most I store i should just toss into the bit bucket since they are ones I'd never share or print, but just like in the days of film, I just can't let go of all the crappy ones either! Sentimential valve I guess.

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    A backup without off-site storage is only marginally better than no backup at all. One disaster at home, flooded basement, fire, weather, and "poof", it's all gone. I keep 4 copies of the photos, one on the home server, one on the macbook, one on an external drive and a set on DVDs that live off-site at the cottage 100 miles away. I guess I have 5 copies now if you include the TimeMachine backup on the macbook.

    I have over 12 GB of photos and another 8-10 GB of raw video that I've shot, and that does not include scanning anything in from the archive I inherited from my parents. I have photos dating back as far as the 1930's and 8mm film from 1950-1970 that still needs to be converted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlowry View Post
    A backup without off-site storage is only marginally better than no backup at all.
    That's what's so great about SmugMug. All the photos I care about are there. And on my HD. Short of intercontinental nuclear missle strike, I should be OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SNC1923 View Post
    That's what's so great about SmugMug. All the photos I care about are there. And on my HD. Short of intercontinental nuclear missle strike, I should be OK.
    Really, you have an HD? I'll ask Kev if I can store my pics in his HD...not sure how safe they will be.
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    There isn't anyway you are going to outrun that ICBM on HD. I hope you have something faster.
    19 BMWMOA Nationals under my belt, and I have no idea what I am doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SNC1923 View Post
    That's what's so great about SmugMug. All the photos I care about are there. And on my HD. Short of intercontinental nuclear missle strike, I should be OK.
    Unless SmugMug goes out of business, has a hardware failure of thier own, etc. Unlikely but possible. Kind of like preparing for the worst with your riding equipment. At least that's my thoughts.

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    The owner of the company I work for said I could back up my pics on my work server. He said we have more storage than we could ever use. The IT guy partitioned me off some space and that is where I back them up. He did caution me against putting things there I don't want anyone else to see. Fine by me.

    Nope my bike can't outrun an ICBM. Yet......

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