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8 Effective Ways to Back up your Photos

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    Summary: Who doesn't like to click photos, but does everyone remember to take timely backups of your photos? How will you ensure your backup is secured? Here are 8 ways which will guide you to back-up your photos as per your need.

    Digitization of cameras has simplified accessing and reliving our memories. Earlier, one would have to visit a studio with the camera film, to get photos printed. But now, they’re accessible at the touch of a finger. But one needs to be extremely careful with these digital memories. You could lose precious baby pictures or photos of a family vacation, if you are not careful. Therefore, it is important to take back-ups in order to keep your pictures safe. Schedule regular back-ups and make it a part of your routine.

    To help you out, here are 8 ways which will guide you to back-up your photos.


    1.       External Hard Drive

    One of the simplest and most pocket-friendly ways to back-up images is to transfer them to an external hard drive. One can back-up several pictures very quickly. There are two ways to connect an external hard wire- USB cable and Firewire. USB cables are used more commonly as they are cheaper and quicker for transferring small files like photos. On the other hand, Firewires are preferred for transferring files like videos and audios. Always be careful in copying your photos to the external drive. Do not disconnect the USB cable, while copying is in progress to avoid file corruption. Read more about recovering lost photos from formatted hard drive.

    2.       Online Back-up and Storage Service

    Mozy, Zip Cloud, and Crashplan are some online back-up services that can be used to back-up data and photos. After signing up and initiating the first back-up, these services run in the background. They automatically scan any new files and create back-ups. Most of them offer unlimited cloud storage space and you can get it by paying a small fee.

    Cloud storage services like Apple’s iCloud and Dropbox, allow you to upload your files to your storage account, using the company’s website or application. With these you don’t just get back-up but they also have file synchronization and file sharing features. All you need is a good internet connection.

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    3.       Store on your computer

    An easy way to back-up images is to store them on your computer’s internal hard drive. It is simple and makes your photos readily accessible. However, taking another back-up is always recommended as the hard drive of the computer could fail at some point.

    4.       Save it on optical discs

    Although optical discs have become relatively outdated, several people still use them to back-up and share files. One can transfer pictures according to year or occasion to a CD and videos to DVDs. This is a good way to keep a large number of files organized. It is a pocket-friendly way to take back-ups, but one cannot be sure of their usage in the foreseeable future, especially since digital media and software is changing so rapidly.

    5.       Use Microfilm

    Digital images converted to microfilm are the best and most secure form of back-up. If stored properly, microfilm has been proven to last for 500 years. Newspapers have been using microfilms for years to store their past issues. The only issue is that microfilm readers/ printers are expensive and have heavy maintenance costs.

    6.       Make a hard copy

    For important pictures, the best backup would be to get them printed and have a hard copy with you. In case you do lose the digital picture, you’ll have the photograph and the moment captured with you. The photograph can then be scanned and re-converted into a digital image.

    7.       Use Network Attached Storage

    NAS devices can back-up and store data for multiple devices, connected to a network. It is almost like having a private cloud. It is used mainly by small businesses. It provides access to the files, to multiple clients on the same network. NAS drives come with a back-up software.

    8.       Use Photo Recovery Software

    If you missed out your back-up due to some reason and unfortunately you couldn’t back-up them being a victim of a photo loss, then don’t worry! A  photo recovery software will help you to recover your favorite photos so that you can keep a back-up to prevent any such kind of loss in future.

    Note: It is recommended to have at least three back-ups of any image, on two different media and one offsite. That way, you would not have to worry about losing your data or pictures.


    All of the above methods are very effective for storing your unlimited photos. However, apart from all the above methods, there are unlimited free photo back-up software available for keeping photo back-ups in tablets, phone and computer without the need for external device.

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    Sumona Chatterjee linkdin

    Sumona is a tech blogger, avid photographer, & technogeek with vast experience in writing about media file recovery tips and tutorials. She has over 10 years of experience in media file recovery/media file repair technology. She is passionate about Photography, Creative Designing, Music, and Exploring lesser-known destinations.


      1. Hi Dan,
        The best way to backup photos mainly depends on your shooting and storage needs. If you’re a DSLR photographer, then using recordable media, like SD cards, is a great way to back up photos. Otherwise Cloud backup is also a wise choice to backup your photos.

    1. It’s true, I read all the ways as you mentioned in this post. It’s helped me for backing up the photos. Thanks for sharing!

    2. Great post and tips! I agree with the facts that had been discussed above. There comes a time where I regret telling people that I work on Photo Recovery.

    3. I used to upload my important pictures in facebook. flickr and other photo sharing sites. Is it also a way of backup??

      1. Although the photo sharing sites are a good way of storing your important photos as you can get them as and when the need arises, however there are certain cons you should also know about. The photo sharing sites downsizes the original photo. For example, Facebook reduces the size and resolution of the original photos up to 80%. So you cannot say these sites are the best way for backup or storage of photos.

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