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Can I buy this:

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Sony...sem/rpsm/oid/196015/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

and put them on CD's? Or is there a better option that costs about the same or less?

I really don't like having so many photos on the computer, I am afraid it will crash and I will lose them. I try to print as I download, but I am a few hundred behind right now... and it is nice to have them where I can access them easily.
 

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I bought an External Hard Drive at Best Buy to save all photos, and hours of football game tapes. When I want to print one or burn a DVD I just hook up to USP port, and there it is on my computer. Works pretty good. I don't remember how much it was though.
 

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I Have An External One Too. Got It New From My Local Computer Shop Who Are Very Reliable. It Cost $129.00 About Two Years Ago.
You Can Get Them On Ebay Too. But I Needed The Guidance From The Local Guy.
 

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We have 2 external hard drives one a backup for the system and one that contains nothing but photos for the business. It is huge and almost full now so once its full we will put it in a safety deposit box for safekeeping besides also making individual backups on DVD's of the files per occasion. Never can be too safe
 

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I would just get a couple of memory sticks.
They are dirt cheap now. I think a 2Gig is about $15.
That will hold alot of pictures.
 

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I put in a larger internal hard drive (external drives fail more often than internals) and then I signed up for Carbonite. Automatic on-line back up of everything I have told it to back up. Back-up is usually complete within minutes of my saving anything, and since storage is off-site I don't have to worry about losing anything in a house fire or natural disaster. It is also handy for retrieving items you didn't intend to delete since it holds them for 30 days.

The cost is less than $5 a month. It only works on PC's and internal drives at this time. If anyone is interested in a free two week trial please pm me your email address and I'll be happy to hook you up. If you sign up from my referral we both get a free month. :)
 

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Would the CD burner thing work though? My kids want that DVD/CD burner for Christmas and I wondered if it would be dual purpose? How many photos could go on a CD? Pretend like I don't know anything-kindergarten level... LOL

Also note that we have five digital cameras in this house and probably close to 8000 pictures saved in files. I recently had a notice that my virtual memory is low which I imagine is caused from the photos. I thought with CD's each person could save their own on their own CD collection. Is this feasible???

What I would like to do is just save each months photos onto a CD, but not sure how many I could save.
 

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We burn photos onto CD, but also upload them to Snapfish, including the ones we print for gallery shows.

One of the advantages to saving them online is that if something would happen to the CDs, you still have your pictures. We've been very pleased with prints we've gotten from them and photo storage is free. You can get back full resolution images for a few cents each if you need them, but we often just have them print both 4x6s and enlargements up to 10x13.
 

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A CD is 700 megs so it depends on the size of the photos. CDs are cheap - we just got 50 for less than $10.
 

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If your hard drive fails, you may lose you pictures, so you might consider uploading them online until you get a CD burner. (When you upload them, they remain on your computer so you can still burn them later.) Or you could get an external memory, maybe 20 gigs, and then you'd have a backup copy in case of hard drive failure.

One of the best pics I ever took was lost when our hard drive failed.
 

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Get a dvd burner. They are about as cheap as a cd burner and you can cram more pics on the disc.
Plus you can burn rented movies if you get the right software.
 

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That sony is way overpriced. This one is a nice one, cheap, free shipping. DVD media is cheap and you can put 4 gigs of pictures on one disc.

Personally I am a geek so I have a file server at home. Everything gets backed up there. So two computers will always have the files in case one crashes. I also keep all files off of the operating system drives.

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Melissa I bet one of your kids friends have a dvd/cd burner attached to their pc and can burn these for you. If all you want it for is burning some pictures why purchase one.
 

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If you want to place the pics in a zip file and e-mail them to me I'll burn them onto dvd's for you and mail them.
 

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CD's are very cheap. If you put them into a zip file you can put more on a CD. I take a lot of photos and generally get one year's worth of photos on one CD.

Shutterfly/Snapfish/etc. is a great idea for storage, but then, what happens if THEY lose your photos? I wouldn't trust those precious photos to just one backup source. I use digital exclusively so, for the past 7 years, that is all I have of my kids' photos except for the school & team portraits. I'd really hate to lose them!

Plus, Melissa, you can use that CD burner for more than just photos. You can use it for backing up all kinds of computer files, or making mix CD's of your favorite music to play in the car. Very important to have IMO.
 

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External hard drives can hold most anything - it takes a long time to cut a bunch of dvds.

500gb drive - $70

1tb drive - $120 - I saw one for $99 after rebate.

Get two 500gb and put everything on it twice.
 
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