Backing up photos so that they last for years is the major concern for photographers and individuals who click a lot pf Pictures. Gone are the days when backing up photos was as simple as having an archival print made and stored in a safe frame. Note that those age old family photographs framed and hanging on your wall are safer than the ones backed up on CDs or DVDs. Modern day digital photos & photography requires an intimate & deep understanding. A user must be aware of file formats, data degradation, media type and ever-changing storage technologies. Without this understanding, you'll never be able to create a concrete photo backup strategy. And you can never hope your photos to last long. One such major concern is how to backup RAW Files. To you it might just look like a question but this topic keeps many photographers up at night & haunted too. You might just ask yourself that is there a way to truly backup your photos that might last for like 50 - 100 years from now? Will your photographs be able to cope up with the change in technology by then? Will they be readable by computers of the era? There is no end to questions like these..... When it comes to preserving the originality of a photo, RAW file is certainly the best format to choose. But, every camera has a slightly different RAW file. So RAW file backup therefore leaves us with two options 1. The first option is to convert them to some other formats like JPG, JPEG, etc. Or 2. Backup RAW files in their original formats Select the Raw File Backup Media: 1. CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, or other removable media : The advantage that these medias has over the other is that they are inexpensive & compatible. But their biggest drawback is inconsistency & indefinite life span. They may go corrupt anytime without any prior intimation. 2. External Hard Drives: The advantage of using external hard drive is that they are cost effective, faster and easily transfers data from any other internal hard drives. The drawbacks are that they get affected by heat, magnetism, and sunlight. And they can be damaged badly if accidentally dropped. 3. Tape Backup : The tape backups are not common to common people like us. These are generally used for large corporate backups in organizations. Some of the Tape Backups are extremely vulnerable to humidity, water damage and other external factors as compared to external hard drives. 4. Cloud Backup: The latest in the lot and probably the best one of all the backup options. There are various services (like Dropbox, box.net, Google Drive, Skydrive etc) where you can backup RAW files.
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