Note: this post contains affiliate links, however my link to Amazon Prime was not compensated in any way, it is my honest opinion that this is the best solution for your photo backup storage.
I cannot even stress enough the need to back up your digital media. Especially as a blogger, photographer, and mother. When I switched to Purl Moon from Rainbows and Sunshine I deleted all of the blog posts on accident. It was heartbreaking. I actually cried. These opinions are my own and I have not been compensated in any way for sharing them.
There have been files of photos I deleted when I was trying to sort them. Live and learn, and always check the recycle bin before you empty it. Life lessons. Today there are so many options for backing up your files, you make a hard copy on discs, which I highly recommend even if you’re digitally storing, our you invest in a digital storage space. You get what you pay for here, so if it’s free expect a lot of ads and wait time.
I have heard such good things about Amazon Prime. They have a photo storage that’s unlimited. Nothing beats unlimited photo storage as an added benefit to free domestic shipping, and unlimited streaming of Amazon Prime movies for only $99 a year.
Back in the day I used Photobucket, however I have been pretty disappointed with their load times and glitchiness. It’s the same old Photobucket, circa 2009. One of my good friends likes to just upload into private albums on her face book. That’s a brilliant idea because facebook doesn’t limit the amount of photos you upload either. I like uploading mine on flickr, but I have had problems in the past when I tried to download them.
There are a few other options in terms of backing up, you can put them on external hard drives, but if you’re using it plugged into the computer as a hard drive extension. There will never be any absolute fail safe way though with external hard drives. Almost everything I have looked into says the same thing, that they all fail it’s just a matter of wear and tear.
Bottom line is, it’s best to have some backups. I recommend a physical copy, and a digital service. I can’t tell you how much I wish I had known about these options before. Almost all my photos from 2006 and before are lost forever. Granted it was like the tail end of my high school so they were probably not any good anyhow, but it’s still sad that I don’t have them.