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Burning pictures onto a cd ?

I am putting all the girls pics onto a cd finally. I am using a CD-R. But someone over on the preschool board just said they are only good for 5 years on a cd?!?! Really?!?
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Re: Burning pictures onto a cd ?

  • the expected life of a CD that is kept in good conditions is 5-10 years, although they can last 20+ years. An external hard drive is a better method of backup or you can use cloud storage such as flickr or smugmug.
  • I know it depends on probably the size of an external hard drive, but on average does that hold a lots of pictures? like couple years worth? I think I want to have another back up to the cd's then. And do you have any recs?

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  • image houndbaby:
    the expected life of a CD that is kept in good conditions is 5-10 years, although they can last 20+ years. An external hard drive is a better method of backup or you can use cloud storage such as flickr or smugmug.

    I never knew that!!!   We did recently buy an external HD, and I guess I'm very glad we did!

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    image houndbaby:
    the expected life of a CD that is kept in good conditions is 5-10 years, although they can last 20+ years. An external hard drive is a better method of backup or you can use cloud storage such as flickr or smugmug.

    I never knew that!!!   We did recently buy an external HD, and I guess I'm very glad we did!

    Yea I think we will have to invest in an external HD. I  have been having major freakouts that something is going to go wrong with my computer and I will lose almost every single picture I have taken over the last 2 years....so I need to get them on a cd and then hopefully an external HD in the next few months.

     Oh and I am making 2 copies of each cd..one for the fire safe and one for me just to have.

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  • image marriedchick06:

    I know it depends on probably the size of an external hard drive, but on average does that hold a lots of pictures? like couple years worth? I think I want to have another back up to the cd's then. And do you have any recs?

    This is the one I have and I am really happy with it. I wouldn't think you would have more than 10-20G in photos if they are just jpegs

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002IYDEP4/ref=oss_product

  • If your worried about losing your photos in a fire, I would use an external as primary backup and cloud storage as secondary backup.
  • We have an external hd too, but I am really bad at backing things up to it. I need to start doing it more. I also plan on backing everything up to an online site too. A IT guy at work recommended Mozy.com. It is only $4.95/mth.
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