Choices of Hardware & Software Media to Backup Photos

There are various places you can have a backup of photos and other digital data from your computer so that in an event of loss of data at one place you can recover it from the other. We are living in an era where we have an abundance of hardware and software options to backup our digital photos. Here we suggest using one or more methods to backup photos depending on your needs, budget, and goal. Then review these selections to ensure time and effort required to backup photos.

Following we have a list of hardware and software media to backup photos with their pros and cons:

  • CDs & DVDs
    Pros – These are probably the cheapest and most affordable media to have a photo backup. Bulk purchase is even more cheaper, creation in minutes
    Cons – unreliable, affected by heat, can be damaged easily, oxides may breakdown inside.
    Life span – few months to several years.
  • External Hard drive
    Pros – Cost effective, faster and easy transfer from any other internal hard drive, few hard drives provide options like USB, e-SATA, Firewire as well.
    Cons – costly than internal hard drive, affected by heat, magnetism, and sunlight. Can be damaged if accidentally dropped.
    Life span – Many years of storage potential
  • Internal Hard Drive
    Pros – cost effective as compared to external hard drives, easy transfer from first to second HDD (hard drive disk), gives you choice of USB, Firewire or E-SATA connections.
    Cons – may badly damage because of virus attacks, malware, Trojans and power loss, can still suffer from data corruption. Slow transfer rate if the data quantity is too large
    Life Span – many years storage potential, effective for all types of data. Can be used for long term perspective.
  • Thumb Drives
    Pros – Has larger capacity to backup photos as compared to CDs and DVDs. Time efficient data creation and cost effective
    Cons – may badly damage because of virus attacks, malware, trojans and power loss, can still suffer from data corruption. Slow transfer rate if the data quantity is too large
    Life Span – several months to several years storage potential, effective media for quick storage of music, documents or backup digital photos.
  • Network storage
    Pros – Total external storage, very secure photo backup option, separate from primary computer, access via account and password from any computer through a network connection, large storage capacity
    Cons – Can be expensive when compared to other medias.
    Life Span – The best long term storage potential.
  • Online Storage
    Pros – External storage, access via account and password from any computer that has an internet connection,
    Cons – Can be costly, small storage capacity, can’t back up all type of data, there is a limitation, limited to internet access to store and retrieve data
    Life Span – Many years of storage potential

253+ Reviews & Counting

Kip Roof testimonial Kip Roofgoogle photos flickr
PicBackMan does exactly what it's supposed to. It's quick and efficient. It runs unobtrusively in the background and has done an excellent job of uploading more than 300GB of photos to 2 different services. After having lost a lot of personal memories to a hard drive crash, it's nice to know that my photos are safe in 2 different places.
Julia Alyea Farella testimonialJulia Alyea Farella smugmug
LOVE this program! Works better than ANY other program out there that I have found to upload thousands of pictures WITH SUB-FOLDERS to SmugMug! Thank you so much for what you do! :) #happycustomer
Pausing Motion testimonialPausingMotionsmugmug
I pointed PicBackMan at a directory structure, and next time I looked - all the photos had uploaded! Pretty cool. I use SmugMug and while I really like it, the process of creating directories in is pretty laborious when you need to make 80+ at a time. This was a breeze. Thank you!
Gavin Whitham testimonialGavin Whithamflickr
PicBackMan was really easy to setup and has been running for 3 days now backing up all my locally saved photos to Flickr. My photos are really valuable to me so it's great to be able to have them easily backed up to a secure location.
 Jim Griffin testimonialJim Griffinsmugmug
It's AWESOME!! I have tens of thousands of pictures...and they are now successfully uploaded to SmugMug, where they are safely backed up, and I can edit and organize them. If you are hesitating about using PicBackMan, hesitate no longer...try it...and you'll be glad you did!!