Thursday, December 20, 2018

Highriser Photos

Photos from the phone and camera are downloaded to the desktop computer. Once there and have been used for any purpose, they are uploaded to Dropbox. When I reach the limit of Dropbox's free storage limit, I burn them on to dvd and then copy them to another dvd. With variations, I have done this for may years.

You see the photos I use on my blog, but many are personal photos, of family and friends etc.

I read that there was an original forecast for the life of a dvd of about ten years. This was very conservative and disks are lasting much longer. Nevertheless, I decided I would also upload all the photos to Google Drive. Drive has a generous enough free storage limit, and I have uploaded all digital photos from DVD from 2004 to 2008. Once I reach the free storage limit, I will pay for more space.

As I said, I burn two dvds of photos, one as a back up, and I randomly check a few folders on the burnt dvds to make sure the photos are there. I don't know if it was a bad burn at the time and I missed it, or the dvds are not holding up well, but I have lost some photos. I really think the dvds are failing.

Recently, I have only used Sony dvds, but in the past I have used Imation, Verbatim, Maxell and TDK.

Fortunately I only bought two single TDK dvds, as they are the ones that have failed. Unfortunately, I actually must have bought four, as the back up dvds are also TDK and they too have failed.  It is only the first four folders on both disks that have failed and I retrieved some photos from them, like photos of the late Dame at her 83rd birthday. She died less than six months later. We are all there in the photos, but not Dame M. Failed photos. Little Jo, face down and bum up and sound asleep on R's bed at the age one, gone. I may have such photos saved elsewhere or on FB.

So, TDK really has done amazing things to my system and they are not good.


If you want to save photos, back up, back up again and then back up once more, using a variety of methods. 

30 comments:

  1. Sigh.
    We lost rather a lot of photos when we got hit with Ransomware. And have been more careful since. And you have reminded me I need to do a spot check when I get home this afternoon.

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  2. I'm surprised the TDKs failed. I don't back up to disk, instead backing up photos and documents to an external hard drive. I haven't checked on that in a while, but I did recently do a backup. Most photos on my computer are scanned in versions of old family photos which I still have somewhere in packed-away albums, the rest is pictures I took for the Sunday Selections posts and not all that important.

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    1. River, external hard drives can fail too. I think you need to add another back up system.

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    2. Another external hard drive? I know they can fail, a friend had a 4TB (terrabyte) with all her movies and one day it up and died on her. She borrowed movies from all of us to replace them on her new 4TB, but only movies she didn't already have DVDs of.
      I'm not too worried about my photos because I still have the originals in the albums and several unsorted boxes.

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  3. I lost a bunch of photos recently from about 2020. I do have some taken with a real camera, but still much was lost. Now I double back up everything. One with a stick the other with an external hard drive.

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    1. Maribeth, that is probably good enough. You would be terribly unlucky if both failed.

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  4. Anonymous10:37 am

    I hope the photos of you doing the housework on a hot summer's day, wearing just a thong, are OK. - Ian

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    1. Ian, I did not realise you were so tech savvy and could snoop on my private tablet. OMG, what else did you see!

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    2. Who does housework on a hot day?? Tsk Tsk.

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  5. Oh, what a shame you've lost so much. So disappointing and frustrating for you.

    I back up a lot onto external hard drives, of which I have three.

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    1. Lee, not too much, but unfortunate. I may have the most important filed away somewhere. Yep, I reckon with three external drives, you have yourself covered.

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  6. I have only TDK discs but they have deteriorated now and I don't even have a disc drive any longer, so everything now is on thumb drives. And I must confess I store most photos on my blog itself.

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    1. Strayer, family and holiday photos are the ones so precious to me. Blog photos, not so much and they are always there to see. Thumb drives can fail too, as I know.

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    2. I have movies on many thumb drives and so far only three have failed, but the movies are backed up to a 2 terrabyte hard drive, so not completely lost.

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  7. Haven't used a disc for ages. But I been thinking of putting my blog on a thumb drive and many years down the road when gone my sons can see what I post on my blog. Who knows if they read it or not. Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, put it on a couple of different thumb drives, just to be sure. I can imagine you sons reading your blog and rolling their eyes at what their mother gets up to and says.

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  8. I should have been doing this, my photos are all over the place; a total mess.

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    1. Cro, bite the bullet and spend some time sorting them. Your family won't thank you for it as they are not really that interested, but do it for yourself.

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  9. As a back up we store photos, movies etc on a portable external hard drive with a usb connection. I think you can buy 1 and 2 gb drives. I have boxes of old family photos that I must digitise.

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    1. Cheryl, I don't know why, but I have never backed up photos to our connected external hard drive. I thing ours is 1 terabyte of storage, yet it seems to fill up. It just sits there, connected and doing what it does, and I don't know what it does except back up things.

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    2. 1GB drives don't hold all that much I think and I've never seen a 2GB. I have seen 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. my computer back ups are 320GB and a 1TB (terrabyte)

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  10. ooh you just reminded me i have to download all my flickr account as I am not willing to pay them for it.

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    1. Fen, yep. They will mostly disappear, down to 1000 photos, and crappy Photobucket is trying to make people pay too.

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  11. Great Advice And Don't Be Like Me And Think That You Are Immune To The Digital Gremlins

    Cheers

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    1. As you well know yourself, Padre.

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  12. It's not good when DVDs fail - the brands. This has happened to me before, works on my computer and not on anyone's else's let alone any ones DVD. These days instead of DVD's I used external hard drives. The photos of our holidays are only of interest to me really and when I'm gone my sons won't want them. Have used in 'the cloud' but not enough storage before having to pay...no not mean I just won't pay.

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  13. Margaret, over a long period your holiday photos have been of interest to us, but yes, not so interesting to be saved. Family and friend photos are really the ones I want to save.

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  14. I use an external hard drive. I have done the CD/DVD but ny latest laptop doesn't have a CD slot.

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    1. Jackie, I should do that as well as cloud storage. Our desktop is not that old but the dvd burner/cd must be a twenty year old design. I suppose no one is inverting money in them now.

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