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Category: What's Wrong With My Photographic Technique? : Problems with Photo Equipment - Tips & Tricks : Digital Storage Issues

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Krista C. Reid
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member since: 11/17/2005
 

Image Backup


I am trying to back up my image files onto CD but none of my CD-burning software will burn images. Out of the multitude of programs available, which ones would you recommend for image backup? Alternately, would you suggest online storage for backup, and if so, what sites would you recommend (re: which ones retain original file, etc.)?

1/29/2006 4:04:43 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
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member since: 3/14/2005
  You don't need and shouldn't use a program that burns "images". Just use whatever program you have and make a plain data disc. It doesn't matter if the files you burn are MS Word files, pictures, or whatever. If you burn as a plain data disc, your image files will be saved as exact copies of what is on your hard drive. Some programs that make "photo CDs" or "image discs" may compress your images as needed to fit on a disc.

1/29/2006 6:12:13 AM

 
Terry  R. Hatfield
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  Hi Krista,
You can use your burn software; just use the data setting. (Images are data.) Or you can use the Copy to CD in My Pictures. USB external hard drives and burning to DVDs are better alternatives in today's world. Both will hold much more data. Just store the DVDs in an alternate location.
Online storage would seem to me to suffer the same problems as any other computers ... servers crash too ;-)

1/29/2006 6:14:49 AM

 
Brendan Knell
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member since: 4/17/2005
  "It doesn't matter if the files you burn are MS Word files, pictures, or whatever."
If you're wondering why this is true, everything on a computer is just a series of 0s and 1s.

1/29/2006 9:00:29 AM

 
Test Test
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member since: 5/22/2004
  Krista

You should be able to use any CD Burning software to burn your image files. Your image files are just data files after all.

You mentioned in your question that "I am trying to back up my image files onto CD but none of my CD-burning software will burn images. "

>> Do you encounter any error message? If yes, have you checked the software vendors technical Support forum.
>> Are you using the correct CDs.
>> Are you using the correct CD Creation wizard? You cannot burn Image files when you select a music CD project.

Let us know how it went

1/31/2006 3:58:31 AM

 
Test Test
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member since: 5/22/2004
  With regard to online storage..

I use photos.yahoo.com
However, I loose the resolution

1/31/2006 3:59:52 AM

 
James Boyden

member since: 9/29/2005
  If you are truly concerned about protecting your photos as you accumulate more and more of them and the files get bigger and bigger as you inevitably follow the evolution of camera resolution, especially if you shoot RAW, with multiple edited versions, it is unlikely you will be happy with online backup services in speed of down (and up) loads and the long-term cost of storage over the years. I recommend that you consider an external hard drive, one that has multiple disks (two or three) that store your files redundantly in what is called a RAID system (Redundant Array of Independent Disks. If one of those disks crashes the drive will rebuild itself after you replace the miscreant disk.

This is not cheap. It may cost as much as your computer, but which is worth more to you, your computer, which will be obsolete in a couple of years, or years of photos? In the meantime your practice of copying files onto CDs is good, if you can stand the chore of keeping track of them.

Jim B.

1/31/2006 8:58:08 AM

 
Krista C. Reid
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/17/2005
  Iím finally having some success. Must just be a finicky system. The first disc I was trying to use turned out to be faulty. Once I replaced the disk I was able to burn one, but the second disc did not turn out (Fujifilm CD-R for Photo). I think Iím on the right track now though. Thanks.

2/6/2006 9:54:09 AM

 

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