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Posted: 2/18/2006 5:47:41 AM EDT
I current have a bunch on my hard drive and want to remove them to free up the space and also protect the photos. I have a CD burner.


DVD? (I'd have to get a DVD burner.)

External hard drive?

None of the above?


Link Posted: 2/18/2006 5:56:57 AM EDT
Well, sounds like the best option is to use the cd burner that you already have.
Even with an external hard drive, the cd is a good "hard copy."
Thats the way I save important files.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 5:59:03 AM EDT
External drive

Or a NetWare server with mirrored 250gb drives
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:00:24 AM EDT
CD/DVD is what I do. I back up most of my important files to DVD. Hard drives crash, DVD is forever*.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:05:21 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:11:34 AM EDT
Use whatever media you want. Just make sure to keep three copies, with at least one at a separate location. If your house burns up.......

remember, two is one, one is none....
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:14:52 AM EDT
If I go the CD burning route, should I use any specific type of CD or just the standard bulk CD's I already have?

And how many high resolution photos can I expect to put on a single CD?

Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:24:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Corey:
If I go the CD burning route, should I use any specific type of CD or just the standard bulk CD's I already have?

And how many high resolution photos can I expect to put on a single CD?


what is "HIGH RESOLUTION" for you?

There's about 650 MB on a CD.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:26:37 AM EDT
You may want to check out webshots as well
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:31:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/18/2006 6:35:15 AM EDT by mm34b]
By Mike Johnston

What's the most Archival CD-R Blank Media for Storing Image Files?

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Gold Archival are simply the highest-spec batches of Gold, which. This is the best product in a range that is specifically designed and manufactured for archival storage purposes.

MAM-A Gold Archival discs may not be the absolute best for you or for your burner; and they may not have the 300-year archival life span that is claimed for them. The advantage of buying this brand is that it's positively identifiable, and you can depend on what you're getting.

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Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:37:15 AM EDT
I've always had good luck with Verbatim media. Otherwise any good quality media should do.
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