How can I Store my Digital Photos Forever?

Sure, it is easy to create digital photographs with today’s smartphones and digital cameras. But how do you keep them forever so that future generations may view them?

Actually, the process is simple and is well described in an article by Jack Schofield in The Guardian web site at

Schofield writes:

“People lose their most important photos every day when hard drives fail, when smartphones and laptops are stolen, when online services shut down, and when natural disasters strike. Fires, floods and earthquakes can also destroy digital records.

“To be really safe, you should have more than one copy of each photo, stored in more than one way in more than one place.”

You can read the full article at:


To start with, make sure that the boxes the are stored in are propely labeled. Then hope the format used will still be in use in the future. A sheet of thumbnails may be helpful as well as a descriptive text file of what the pictures are.


What do you think of the comments on cloud storage – “being hacked by someone who deletes all your stuff”.


    —> What do you think of the comments on cloud storage – “being hacked by someone who deletes all your stuff”.

    Two things:

    1. Online storage is generally safer from hackers than storing data in your own computer. Admittedly, a lot of people who do not use cloud storage don’t realize how secure it is. But hackers are trying to access your home computer right now across the Internet. (In most cases, they are easily blocked.) Online storage in the cloud is usually more secure.

    2. If anything is important to you, such as family pictures, your genealogy work, income tax records, and more, it always needs to be backed up and stored in AT LEAST TWO DIFFERENT PLACES. Three or four places is even better. That’s true whether you use cloud storage or not. Stuff happens. Hard drives fail, companies go out of business, people die, people don’t renew services they pay for, and all sort of things. If you only have one copy of something, you probably will lose it someday. That’s true of cloud storage as well as for files stored on your personal computer’s hard drive.

    The wise computer user stores copies of everything important in the cloud, in his or her own computer, on backup drives stored in a safe deposit box, on flash drives kept at the office, in a relative’s house, in both a laptop computer and in a desktop computer, and in other locations as well. Always use whatever multiple storage locations are available to you. That way, if any one copy is lost due to hardware failure, fire, flood, hackers, business failures, accidental erasure, or any other cause, you still have other copies of your important data.

    L.O.C.K.S.S.- “Lots Of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe”


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