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Why not send a CD home & use a memory stick for the backup??

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11. Posted by thelma29 (Full Member 16 posts) 8y

I use a 80 GB (about $80 US) portable passport hard drive in addition to uploading some pictures.

12. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 8y

yeah flickr is definitely a good option for uploading jpegs. even if you are shooting raw, just run a photoshop action on them to change them into reasonable sized jpegs. but take CD's/DVD's too.

my plan, load up on CF cards, they are getting cheap now ($30 for 2gb). Shoot all day, review them every once in a while. trash the bad shots immediately, by doing that I know I'll cut down a huge amount of images. uploading jpegs of the good/fun/personal shots to flickr, and well as keeping the best shots on my computer and on DVD

13. Posted by alsalis (Full Member 63 posts) 8y

I always take a portable hard drive with me, you can stick a raw converter on there if your camera has raws so you can convert the RAWs to jpgs and upload them somewhere as backup.

I'd definitely burn 2 cds/dvds as they can easily get scratched/bent/broken and sometimes the dye can be shoddy and you won't be able to recover the data. If you send them home make sure the recipient has copied the whole disc onto a computer before destroying any other copies.

That said the only time I've lost digi pics is because I formatteda card thinking I had already backed it up :(

Download a file recovery program and copy that onto the flash card, then if you delete stuff off the memory/flash card you can recover 100% of what hasn't been overwritten, unless you formatted the card, in which case you'll recover absolutely nothing.

14. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 8y

I burnt a couple of DVDs of photos last year when I was travelling and when I got home one of them wouldn't work, i.e. none of the photos would open.

So if you go for the CD/DVD option I would definitely do what someone else in this thread recommended and send a DVD home and then not delete your photos until someone back at home has checked that the DVD has burnt okay. Also, take quality DVDs with you from home as I'm pretty sure some blank DVDs are sold in Asia with fake brands printed on them when actually they're poor quality cheap DVDs.

I use a 4Gb USB and I have had a virus on it before, but it didn't cause the loss of any photos. Probably the best bet is to burn copies onto DVD and also keep a USB as a back-up to cover yours options.

15. Posted by Lavafalls (Travel Guru 155 posts) 8y

Another issue with USB drives is that it is to damage them. I destroyed one once because I left it out next to a refrigerator magnet in a kitchen. There is no kind of magnetic protection on most USB drives and if a magnet gets to close bye bye data. Also I do not know how well they hold up in humidity and heat or with wetness.

16. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 8y

That seems rather doubtful. No magnetism is involved in a USB stick, since it uses solid state storage.

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