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ScrapGrl
03-11-2007, 07:07 PM
BACK UP YOUR PICTURES!

I had saved all of my pictures on CD-R. Well, this weekend I went to scrap some pictures from one of the CDs and the CD wouldn't work. AAAAHHHH....

Some of the folders had pictures in it but others were empty!! For no reason!

Thanks GOD, I uploaded ALL of my pictures to YAHOO and was able to get them all from there. They are now on me EHD, on YAHOO and I plan to get some more CDs and back up another copy.

So back up your back ups...I am so glad that I did!

HollyS
03-11-2007, 07:20 PM
Oh wow! So glad you had something to go back to!!!

ckbymommy
03-11-2007, 07:47 PM
Oh man!! I am so glad for you that you had them somewhere else - I think I am going to find a few places online to upload all of mine - I worry about relying on one, what if they go out of business or have some sort of crash :hairpull:

ScrapGrl
03-12-2007, 06:22 AM
True...I tried photobucket.com but you have to upload each picture individually, I have hundreds so that will take FOREVER. Yahoo you can just choose the folder its in and then "select all photos". SO MUCH EASIER.

Anyone know where else is good place to save pictures?

ckbymommy
03-12-2007, 09:11 AM
pictures.aol.com is free. You do have to download their photo tool plugin, but then it's as simple as dragging and dropping your pictures into folders you create. This one is nice if you want to be able to send the pictures to friends and family - as they can save full size photos onto their own computers (most won't as their intention is for you and your friends and family to have them printed and mailed) Only drawback is that is only allows bitmap, gif, and jpegs.

imageshack.us is one I just found - it looks pretty good and also allows tiffs and pngs. Your photos are completely private unless you give your login in info away or hotlink a photo. Drawback: upload one photo at a time unless you download their (free) toolbar.

Either of these is great for photos, but I still need somewhere for my layered templates and my unflattened layouts - my .pds files. There are several pay ones out there: xdrive.com (5g free, 50g for $9.95/month) and flipdrive.com (20g for $4.95/month and photos in the photo album don't count toward your storage also offers 50g and 100g accounts)

There are several out there who's intentions are for you to upload and then have them print your photos (whether for you or for your friends and family): kodakgallery.com, snapfish.com and shutterfly.com are a few. I'm not sure if you can ever get the full size images back to your own computer with these though.

Anyone know of one that allows .psd/.psp files to be uploaded and re-downloaded at full resolution?

steph
03-12-2007, 09:30 AM
I don't Melanie, cause I don't even really know what you are talking about... LOL.. flattened jpegs... whatever... LOL

I should really look into backups of my back ups cause we did lose a bunch of pictures before, and it broke my heart!!!

Stephanie

Daniellesmama
03-12-2007, 11:19 AM
I know what it is to lose pictures - my DH took a backup and then deleted a bunch off our computer. Several months later he overwrote the backup CD!! Fortunately he always makes two copies of important CDs, so he is still alive today... :)

But this reminds me - I HAVE to do a backup (actually 2) ASAP because it has been a long time since my last archive.

ScrapGrl
03-12-2007, 11:29 AM
Thanks for the info. I am going to use AOL. Yahoo doesn't save them full size either....but really, I was just happy to have the pictures than not having them at all!

taslle
03-21-2007, 05:41 AM
There are a few places that you have probably run across in some manner and didn't even think of them as places to store you files. Zip files, photos, text files. They are hard things to store safely it seems.

Check out 4shared, they offer multiple options. I shared the link to their site's listing of account options. Their min free accounts only hold 1 gig, but as long as you log in every month. Also the largest file can be 50MB so not too bad. I have run across some people who have multiple free account's so they may use those 1 GB's freely.

http://www.4shared.com/features.jsp

Teresa P aka taslle

Maisie
03-21-2007, 11:14 AM
You know...
I have yet to create any back ups of anything I have.
I keep forgetting to do it. Even though I just went out and bought some DVD's to do just that.
Can you say procrastinator??? LOL

twirlyjoy
03-21-2007, 11:46 AM
I just recently spent 3 days backing up all my photos and LOs! I have them all on my external hard drive anyway, but have backed them all onto disc. I made a disc (sometimes 2!!) for each month of the years I have been scrapping, and saved my Los and photos from each month to a different disc(s). I also have a book for each year, which I am altering into a disc case with a slip-in page for each disc. I am also planning on backing up the discs themselves and storing them at my dad's house just in case they fail or anything happens to the contents of my house!

Next, it will be my kits - need to take a long holiday from everything else to get all of them backed up!

babydoe
03-21-2007, 02:02 PM
I guess live in the Twilight Zone! After I create a page, share it some places, print it, and get it in an album, I don't seem to care what happens to it. :nope:

But--all my LOs are on my external drive.

ADesignGallery
03-28-2007, 10:34 AM
I know how you feel. Last year I lost most of my photos & ironically they were scans of original photos someone in the family lost so they are forever gone.

I signed up for SmugMug last year after my crash & ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!

I started with the free 14-day trial & was so pleased, I decided I never want to leave. :wink:

The pros are unlimited storage, no ads, my friends do not need to join to view my photos, I can create endless galleries & password protect those that I want to remain private. I just can't say enough about it.

Check it out here http://www.smugmug.com/?referrer=7JvYI1Nb4LPaw

The only drawback is that they don't accept PSD files, but I think if enough of us requested that option, who knows... they might add it in the future.

~Nita

ckbymommy
04-07-2007, 10:34 AM
I just found a new place, that looks like it could be good.

You start with 2g of free space (or unlimited for a monthly fee). You do have to install their software on your computer, but when you do that you can configure it with the files you want backed up regularly and it will automatically back them up everytime you make a change. You can also get more free extra space just by referring people - starting with 256m extra just by clicking above. I'm not posting this here to get the referral (though it is a nice little thing) just think it's nice that you would get a bit extra, too.

Though, I am finding that just 1/4 of my layouts in psd form are a full DVD, so the little 2g I have is not going to do a whole lotta good, LOL.

Anyway, if you do want to try it and want that extra 256m for being referred, click this link ..... https://mozy.com/?ref=438740.
Or if you prefer not to use the referral, you can go directly to https://mozy.com

missmissy
04-10-2007, 06:08 PM
BACK UP YOUR PICTURES!

I had saved all of my pictures on CD-R. Well, this weekend I went to scrap some pictures from one of the CDs and the CD wouldn't work. AAAAHHHH....

Some of the folders had pictures in it but others were empty!! For no reason!

Thanks GOD, I uploaded ALL of my pictures to YAHOO and was able to get them all from there. They are now on me EHD, on YAHOO and I plan to get some more CDs and back up another copy.

So back up your back ups...I am so glad that I did!

TOTALLY AGREE!.. BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY!

bdjeepers
06-03-2007, 07:22 AM
Gmail (provided free by Google) lets you email up to 20 MB attachments now, and has over 2 gigs of space which increases all the time. I email myself pictures, and I also email them to other family members - spreading the love - so I know they will have anything I send as a backup. I also back up on DVD and hard drives. Right now I am the sole protector of pictures that are my grandson's great-great grandparents. That's pretty awesome responsibility! I believe in spreading it around so that there are as many copies as possible in as many different hands as possible.

For myself, I do my work in png format, and save that and as a jpg also, so mega-space is very important to me.

TraciJ
06-03-2007, 10:22 AM
Yup, gmail is great for storage .. and there's also Picasa for photos .. I have all my small LO's there, as well as quite a few photos!
You get one gig of space free, then there's the option to upgrade to more space. It's a wonderful place and can coordinte with your computer! I organize all my pics with Picasa here and then upload the best ones to Picasa onlline :)

petitflocondeneige
06-03-2007, 01:48 PM
I keep all pictures on my hard-drive. I burn CDs every 3-4 months (and always write the date, in order to burn a new on when it's old). Plus I made photo-albums at http://www.photoways.com
Worst-case scenario: computer crash and CDs dead... I won't be able to scrap, but I'll still have the best pictures in books.