Once you’re finished with the task of scanning photos, feel free to give yourself a pat on the back. It’s not always easy staying organized, much less editing photo after photo. Trust us, we know the process! That’s why we also understand how important it is to back up all the digital files created by photo scanning.
Storing your scanned photos on your computer is only natural, but make sure you investigate other methods of storing backup copies. You never know when a lightning strike could fry your hard drive and cook all your photo scanning efforts!
Here are three methods of photo backup that will assist you in keeping your scanned photos around for years to come.
1. Cloud Storage
We’ve finally mastered how to catch a cloud! At least an electronic one. Using a cloud service to back up your photos frees up hard drive space on your personal computer, but still contains personalized protection methods to ensure your scanned photos don’t accidentally float away. A convenient bonus: use your cloud for additional document backup.
There are also websites like Linea that allow you to back up your scanned photos and only share pictures with those you choose.
2. Mobile Storage
As a disclaimer, we’re not advocating that saving photos on your phone is the perfect back up method. No matter how careful you are, phones are susceptible to damage. But, mobile apps are making it easier to access backup photos. Android and iPhones can be synced with Google+ accounts and save photos to private albums. Other backup programs, like DropBox and SugarSync, which can be accessed from any computer with your login, have apps for your phone. What’s the mobile bonus? Access any of your scanned photo files to share with a friend or family member.
3. Social Storage
Placing your scanned photos on Facebook or Instagram is a great way to back up photos because it’s stored within your account instead of on a physical device. Using a social media platform makes it much easier to share your scanned photos with loved ones versus the single original prints.
Each back up method has pros and cons and one may work better for you than another simply based on personal preference. We’re always on the lookout for new ways to help you with photo scanning and organization and it seems like these methods are only going to improve in accessibility and user friendly options. Be a part of the future of photo archiving and make sure you back up your photos!
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