Back Up Your Pictures!

This sweet papier mache doll head I purchased from a dollmaking/doll collecting friend. She's here for no other reason. :-)

Well, today I have been backing up pictures to CDs. Last fall my hard drive crashed and I lost 9 months of pictures that I had not backed up. Stupidity. Learn from my mistake!

Now, backing up pictures is a bit like doing laundry. Not really exciting and you can't really point to it with pride and say, "Here's what I did today!" But on the other hand, if you don't do it you will experience some pain as a result. Apparently there is more to backing up pictures than just putting them on a CD. What happens if you have a fire and everything burns. The following link recommends that you have two backup sources - to CD and then either to a 2nd hard drive or an additional set of CDs. You can store the 2nd set of CDs in a fire-safe strongbox or at the bank's safety deposit box or at another family member's house.

Backing Up Your Photos

USA Today Article About Backing Up Photos

So....this is your friendly neighborhood reminder to back up your photos and other important files, especially if you are an artist. After you sell your artwork it's the record of your work.


Christopher Hillman said...

There are as many options as there are computer users to back up content.

I'd say a good answer is two fold, backing up is a little selfish why not be able to share your pictures at the same time? PicasaWeb is Google's answer to Flickr (both great). Picasa can run on your computer to manage your pictures as well as upload them to The online pictures can be integrated easily into a Blogspot blog and are backed up.

It also adds the ability to get access to the pictures from anywhere, try that with a fancy external hard drive..

Love your Work Dixie!

The Feathered Nest said...

Dixie thank you so much for this reminder ~ I've even bought the CD's but needed to have instructions and your links helped me so much! Thank you! xxoo, Dawn

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden