Losing hundreds of photos and losing one precious photo is equally painful for those who love to click and keep! Don’t let the vulnerability of your computer effect those captured moments. Back it up!
Ensure the safety of your Images
Finding a good camera is easy these days, clicking a good picture out of it is relatively difficult, but what bothers us the most is the safety of those photographs from getting corrupt, lost or deleted. A number of photographers have suffered this loss over past few years when digital photography has become most common around the world. A wise choice in such case would be to take proper and regular backup of all the images that are saved on the computer.
With some very good methods to perform a proper backup of image files and photos, let us explore the best options that can help us protect our precious memories that are kept safe in those photographs.
1. Automatic Backup in Windows
There are options available for Windows that will help create automatic backup to ensure the safety of your photos and make them available at your convenience.
In order to back up your photos using this feature, search for backup or go to ‘Backup and Restore’ option in your Windows. Click on the backup link and select the destination location (The place where you want your backup to be created). Choose ‘let me choose’ option and select the relevant folder where you have saved your images. Select the scheduled backup setting and make amendments as per your requirement. On clicking next, you will see the Windows, creating a backup of your photos.
2. External Hard Drives
There are several external storage options that can be a good choice for our purpose. Hard drives have their own advantages from being portable to space as large as your computer (Sometimes more than that!).
Depending upon the amount of space required, you may select any of the media to get a backup of your photographs. Some of the very good options can be flash drives, memory cards, external hard drives etc. using an external storage unit can be quite handy to refer and utilize anywhere you require.
Writing a CDs/DVDs or optical disk can be a good option if you need to keep it safe as well as sending them to some other person.
3. Cloud/Online Backup Options
Another best way to save your photos can be cloud storage, there are some online storage services which are quite safe and offer a good deal of space for the storage of your images.
There are certain options that allow a user to sync their device with the cloud, it can be a safer play as it will automatically back up all your images and photos to your cloud account and would give you the comfort of being able to keep all our photos at one place automatically.
Look out for many cloud services that would be very helpful in backing up your photos.
4. Network Attached Storages
Some storage units are connected to a specific network and may allow us to save a backup of our images and photos into it. Such networks are generally closed and offer a quite secure way of keeping our images into large storage units.
Network Attached Storage (NAS) can be of various size and allow you to acquire space that allows you to store a large volume of RAW as well as other collection of your photos. Such NAS can be found in communities that share similar interests to offices that perform creative work.
5. Backup as Hard Copy and Microfilms
Though, it is kind of uneconomical in this age, partially due to the cost of printing and partially due to a number of photos clicked with digital devices. But going the old school way might be a very good choice for storing your images. There are several options to print your photographs and keep them in a secure form.
Use of microfilms can be a very good option for keeping a large volume of photos for a considerably longer duration. These films are thin image recording devices that have been used by several media, especially print media companies in order to keep their record for a long time. It can cost significantly higher than the rest of the options, but it is worth enlisting.
Keep in mind, the vulnerability of your computer is not under your control. But the loss of your memorable pictures and photos is quite painful. Before becoming a victim of unfortunate deletion of your photos, get a backup plan! Go ahead to use one of the suggestions above and make your memories secure. In case you have lost the backup, you can make use of some very good software for deleted image recovery from memory card, hard drives or even your computer. A good idea would be to stay on the safe side and secure your stuff by yourself.
Good luck !