Digital Photo Archive - Backup Help and Tips

Organize, backup, and archive your digital photos for later viewing and use.


#1: Add Dates to Folder Names
Remember when photos were taken by adding dates to folder / directory names before backup.

#2: Use Non-Proprietary File Formats
Use TIFF, BMP, JPG, or other industry-standard filetypes to store your pictures.

#3: Label Your Backups!
Ensure you can find your digital photographs in years to come.

#4: Immediately Backup Your Photos
When you are done taking photographs with your digital camera, immediately save those photographs to external media!

#5: Stand-Alone CD Burners
Copy photos on digital media directly to a CD, bypassing your computer.

#6: Remove Your Backup Devices When Not in Use
Keep your backup device unplugged to lessen its chance of getting hit with a computer virus.

#7: Label Your Photos Without Renaming Every File
Keep a text file log of your digital photos before you archive them.

#8: ZIP Files May Not Save Space
ZIPping digital photos may not provide the extra space you expect.

#9: Backup Software
Software programs to aid you in backing up digital photos.

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