Saving photos

  Bald Eagle 09:56 22 Nov 09

Like a lot of other folk I save photos of the family etc. Of the modern storage devices which would you consider the best as regards long time reliability. Something like a CD with no moving parts or electronics or a USB stick or an external hard drive? Or is there something else I don't know of?

  Bapou 11:05 22 Nov 09

Google "reliability" seeking the answer on any format will bring you conflicting answers. Simple answer is there's probably no total guarantee of reliability on any of them.

I prefer External drives because of size, up to now no problem, then again I do have three which contain backups of backups.

In addition photos on CD or DVD are kept from before externals. Recently I tested a couple of cd's containing files from way back and they had degraded to being useless.

  Bapou 11:10 22 Nov 09

Just to add, I see Maplin's are advertising a 1tb external for about £70. That's a good offer and I'm going for it, then I'll be able to backup my backups to another, this time, much larger disk.

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