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Archiving Secrets: Common Sense Advice On Saving Photos & Family Documents Without Fancy Programs

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Archiving Secrets: Common Sense Advice On Saving Photos & Family Documents Without Fancy Programs

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Jul 23, 2014
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Archiving Secrets: Common Sense Advice On Saving Photos & Family Documents Without Fancy Programs is a short, no-nonsense self help guide that offers valuable advice on how to get your ever growing collections of digital media under control now and for the future, whether it is on a Linux, Mac or Windows computer.

While mainly concerned with techniques to organize your current digital photo collections, it covers other vital strategies for organizing archival scanned photos from old family photo albums, and getting collections of home office and business documents into easier to access groupings. Video and audio archiving options are also briefly touched on.

Just like any guide to getting your household cleaned and organized, Archiving Secrets is sure to help you get your computer tidied up in such a way that will make it easier to locate vital files, and make it easier to move on to your next PC when it comes time to upgrade.
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Archiving Secrets: Common Sense Advice On Saving Photos & Family Documents Without Fancy Programs

Archiving Secrets: Common Sense Advice On Saving Photos & Family Documents Without Fancy Programs

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Introduction

One of the benefits to modern life is that it is easier and cheaper than ever to record those unique moments with digital photography.  From indulgent selfies to important events, it is easier than ever to amass a huge collection of imagery.

The hard thing is, getting and keeping it organized.

I learned my lesson the hard way during my first great job at the Atlantic News, a small weekly newspaper based in Hampton, New Hampshire.  In 1995, desktop publishing was brand new, scanning and manipulating photos was rocket science, and having a digital camera – well, that was almost as exciting as flying to the stars.

The trouble was, keeping track of all those vital files hidden inside a box sitting on the desk.  For instance, Christmas photos would be put away in January, and we would have to haul them out in October to prepare holiday publications.  Likewise, snow would be flying in the middle of March, and we would have to pull out summertime beach photos for our tourist publications at Hampton Beach.  In either case, it wasn’t possible to go out and get a specific local shot on the fly.

As you can tell, I’ve faced this issue far longer than most, encountered problems, and found creative no-nonsense solutions to try to keep everything organized without a dedicated photo cataloging program. This way, photos I took back in the 1990s are still accessible with today’s computers, they can be found with a keyword search, and will remain accessible for future generations.

This little e-book is here to offer key ideas, tips and tricks to help you get your photo collections under control today, so you can find those vital shots tomorrow, whether it is for your own family’s enjoyment or for professional use.

Essential Hardware

Storage

How many times do you get a new PC?

Each new model is better and faster than ever, but odds are pretty good you will get a new one every five or so years, because the old one is obsolete, began acting up, or just quit working. Whatever PC you get is up to you.  Where archiving and photography is concerned, you need at least one external hard drive.

As you accumulate photos, music, movies and other media, they take up valuable space on your computer’s internal hard drive, eventually slowing down your machine’s performance.  Transferring all that data from the old PC to a new one is time consuming, and again, you’re automatically slowing down the new computer’s performance by filling up its hard drive.

Worse, if your PC unexpectedly stops working, or you get locked out of it, you’ve lost everything.

An external storage solution avoids most of these issues, and permits you to move your collections from one PC to another. 

The Cloud

There are services like the cloud that provides a sort of instant access to your data anywhere and anytime, but do you really want to spend more and more money every month just to store your old photos? Do you need instant access to every photo taken of your late aunt?  If you take a lot of photos, the answer is probably no.

PROS: Off-site storage, accessible anywhere.

CONS: Monthly fees, internet access required, the potential loss of data due to servers going down, or being seized by law enforcement.

Optical Media – CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray

Optical media – that is, CDs and DVDs – are good for long term archiving and back ups,

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