I’ve thought a lot lately about how devastating it would be to lose all of my photos. My computer crash last December didn’t help.
I’ve written about backing up photos before. I keep all of my photos on my hard drive and then a complete set backed up on an external hard drive.
What if my house burns down? What if we get robbed? The external hard drive lives in the same house as my computer, so I would be out of luck if either of these things happened. I started to realize I needed to back up my photos in the cloud.
I started looking for robust photo storage solutions. I’m not talking about a free photo service where you can upload your photos and order prints (I never order prints). I wanted something that would allow me to store my photos and download full-resolution versions for free if I ever needed to. Facebook doesn’t count – you can’t get your pictures back after you upload them.
DVDs aren’t an option for me. I could burn my photos on DVDs and keep them somewhere else, but it isn’t scalable for me. I have over 20,000 photos. That takes several DVDs. Plus, I want to be able to upload photos immediately, not once every few months or so. Finally, DVDs can get stale if they’re not used for a while.
I’ve decided to try SmugMug on the recommendation of a friend of mine. There’s a nominal annual fee, but I can keep an unlimited amount of photos in my account. I can download full resolution photos whenever I want. I can also share links with friends and let them download full resolution photos.
So far so good. I’m working on uploading all 20,000 of my pictures. It’s already starting to put my mind at ease. I’ll report back and let you know how it goes!