Scanning resolution

  Woody Ham 14:26 28 May 08

I have photos which I want to scan to save for posterity! Any advice on the best resolution etc. I use XP and have a HP Photosmart C4280 scanner.

  wiz-king 21:19 28 May 08

If you put them in a metal box in a cool dry place they will outlast any form of computer storage. Hard drives crash, computers fail, even backup devices like tape or CD's only last a short time, to say nothing of the image standards that are lightly to be superseded.

  wiz-king 21:21 28 May 08

Oops lightly = likely

  MCE2K5 01:39 29 May 08

Or Scan at 1200 DPI for Best Quality (I do).

  Stuartli 14:57 29 May 08

A somewhat pessimistic view of the world of IT....:-)

  wiz-king 05:38 30 May 08

As the owner of a pile of 5" disks and a bigger pile of 3" floppies together with a computer that wont take either the problem is real. I know I can get external drives but my desk is already overcrowded!
I still have a stock of 8 track tape cartridges and some betamax videos from making the wrong choice in years gone by! {:<0)

  john bunyan 17:16 31 May 08

For 10 x 8in. I scan at 300dpi, and for smaller images at 600 or 800. Obviously you go for more on negs and slides. I have had no trouble with this as ageneral rule, and back up to a second HD and an external HD as well as DVD's. If you scan too high the storage gets too big.

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