A&P How do you store your pictures?

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  1. dano

    dano Active Member

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    When I solely used my A75, I would take the pics off my 256 MB card and make a Kodak Picture CD at CVS. $2 or $3 and I had all my shit stored and it was done with.

    Now I have the XTi with a 2 GB card. The Kodak Picture CD's can hold 200 images max, but they base it off some lower sized pictures as well. I do not foresee that method working with my current setup.

    I have never done it, but I'm assuming storing them on data CD-R's is the best choice. Is there a better one?
     
  2. vtec1994

    vtec1994 It always rains at Le Mans

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    I put mine my 250gb external drive
     
  3. ballz

    ballz Two of 'em OT Supporter

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    CD-Rs will deteriorate over time, as will DVDRs. I store mine on my computer which has a RAID1. I have a ton of my good shit on my website as well.
     
  4. ballz

    ballz Two of 'em OT Supporter

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    that's not much safer than storing it on a normal hard drive. the only reason it is, is because its probably 'off' way more than the other one is.
     
  5. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    CD-R'S and all other optical media will suffer from 'cd rot' over time and become useless. DVD-R's do the same thing. Optical media is NOT a good long term storage solution.

    The best way i've found is the same way large businesses store data, except on a smaller scale...

    I have 3 hard drives - 1 working, 1 external, and one internal, but just for storage.

    Whenever I fill up a card, or finish an assignment, I do the following:

    Copy the card contents to my raw folder on my working drive, in a seperate partition. Inside the folder, the contents are organized by download date. I then copy the data to an identical folder on my internal storage drive. This drive is ONLY used for storage. I do not access anything on this drive unless I lose it.

    I then go through and sort the material on my working drive in Adobe Bridge. I color code things using my own personal criteria, and add keywords into the metadata for easy searching. After organizing it this way, I create individual folders on my external drive (work, personal, school, etc.) and copy the corresponding files into those folders.

    I also have a special folder that images i'm editing get saved into, so the origional 'negatives' don't accidently get edited. I'll copy the file into this folder, and only open, edit and save into that folder, so I know i'm not messing with the origional one.

    I know it's a lot, but I've messed up enough of my work to know that if I don't protect my pictures from me, i'll eventually ruin them all...
     
  6. mojito

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    DVD's offsite, 2 mirrored hard drives, someday a external in a dafety deposit box
     
  7. dano

    dano Active Member

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    The external might be a good idea. I refuse to only use this hard drive. I hate keeping them on this hard drive because I already lost a shit ton of pics when a virus obliterated my last one.
     
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    storage hard drive ftw
     
  9. TurkeyChicken

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    I have an external 200gig drive that I have all my music and photos stored on. I keep all my images backed up there. When I'm ready to empty a memory card, I open the Photos folder, then create a folder for each "event"

    A folder would look like this:
    2007-04-13 OT Temp


    I then put all my raw files in there and create a subfolder called TouchedUp that has all my modified jpgs
     
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    TurkeyChicken New Member

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    sounds like you could use a mac :o
     
  11. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    hehehehehe...
     
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    I just run raid 1 right now, only problem with that is user error in deleting the files
     
  13. mojito

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    cause mac's never get viruses or have problems :hsugh:
     
  14. Crossett

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    i use a striped raid array

    optical media FTMFL
     
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    hardrive + external hd...anything can fail.
     
  16. mojito

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    :werd:

    RAID ain't all its cracked up to be. If you shoot for money at all, you better have something off site incase of theft or fire or whatever
     
  17. mojito

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    it would suck a fat one time wise, but winkflash and smugmug do offer unlimited storage online
     
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    I have a pics folder on both hard drives..
     
  19. TurkeyChicken

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    you have to go out of your way to get a virus on a mac :dunno:

    //edit: especially one that corrupts hard drives.


    And yes, I know mac hardware is just as likely to fail as PC hardware. I'm talking strictly OS here
     
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    The only time ive had a problem with virus' on my PC is when I let other people use it. If your not stupid and download things such as bonzai buddy or 214kb .exe files claiming to be photoshop CS3, you wont ever have a problem with spyware/virus's
     
  21. mojito

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    not really :ugh:

    Aperture fucked up gary fong's computer to high hell :rofl:
     
  22. TurkeyChicken

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    :Owned:

    oh well. I much prefer using my mac to edit/store my photos. Actually, i haven't used windows in like a year at home. My PC is running linux :o
     
  23. mojito

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    mac's are sweet, we are switching over cause vista sucks a big black cock, but the bogus marketing just makes them look like 5 year olds.
     
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    yeah. I agree their marketing is a little out there... but whatever. I like their product.

    I'm hoping to never have to use vista. I've only heard negative things about it
     
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    I've got one drive in the machine that runs just OS and programs, a second for data storage. The data storage is backed up onto an external usally about once a week. Any really important data and pics I've backup on on Kodak archival gold DVD's and have those in a bolted down firesafe in case of theft or my house buring to the ground. (you could also put them in a safety deposit box or at someone elses house)
     

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