Introduction to archiving photos
Learn about the options for archiving digital photos and decide which one is right for you
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When you archive digital photos, you’re saving the files for long-term storage—and protecting your memories from getting lost or damaged in case your computer crashes. Archiving also makes it easier to find what you’re looking for, so you can make prints or share your pictures anytime. Discover your options for archiving so you can decide which method works best for you.
Tips to get you started
Create a schedule for archiving your photos, like once a month or each time you transfer pictures from your camera.
Give files and folders descriptive names to make them easy to find.
Use these tips to help you begin—and continue—building your photo archive. No matter which storage method you use, the important thing is to be consistent with your archiving.
Archive your photos at the same time you transfer them from your camera. That way, you’ll have a copy on your computer or printer, plus another copy for safe-keeping. Or, take time at the end of each month to archive the pictures you’ve taken that month.
To make it easier to locate your pictures, create folders each time you archive photos. Name and date your folder to help you remember the contents. For example: Mexico_August_09.
Keep up with technology
Once a year, check to make sure your backup method isn’t becoming archaic. If, for example, stores start phasing out CD media in the future, you’ll know it’s time to pick a new storage method and archive your photos in an updated way.
Think of it this way: If a person saved all their files on a floppy disc, it would be difficult to find a way to use those files now, because current computers aren’t made with floppy drives.
Which method is right for you?
Different people choose different methods for archiving their digital photos. This chart will help you decide which option to select. Remember, you can always use more than one method. The more copies you have, the better protected you’ll be from losing your pictures.
CDs and DVDs
External hard drives
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Option 1: Burn photos to CD or DVD
Try HP CD and DVD media for an easy, reliable way to archive your digital photos.
A basic DVD holds 4.7GB of data, which translates to more than 15,000 high-quality pictures—about seven times the capacity of a CD.
Archiving photos on CDs and DVDs has its own set of advantages. Not only is the media affordable, but the discs are extremely compact so they won’t take up much space. When storing photos to CD or DVD, keep in mind:
- CDs and DVDs come in different capacities
An average CD holds up to 700MB and an average DVD holds 4.7GB of data, which translates to more than 15,000 high-quality pictures.
- It’s easy to drag and drop
Once you get the hang of the process, it’s easy to back up your photos onto CDs and DVDs. Just highlight the photos you want, and drag and drop them onto the CD/DVD icon on your desktop.
- Personalize discs with labels
You can add a personal touch to your CDs and DVDs by adding customized labels. Great for gifts, too!
Option 2: Store photos online
The HP Photosmart 7510 e-All-in-One allows you to access Snapfish without a PC.1
If you want to store and share photos online, Snapfish has a simple, no-cost solution. With Snapfish, you can access your photos from anywhere with an Internet connection, plus:
- Unlimited storage—FREE!
Upload and share all the photos you want.
- Edit and order prints
Enhance your images and order prints using the tools at Snapfish.
- It’s private
Your albums will only be viewed by people you invite.<
With the HP Photosmart 7510 e-All-in-One, you can access Snapfish directly from the printer’s touchscreen to upload, view, share, and print your photos.1
Visit Snapfish.com now to set up your free online account.
Option 3: Archive on an external hard drive
Some HP PCs have slots for pocket drives, making them a convenient way to store your images.
There are a number of benefits to storing your digital photos on an external hard drive.
- Lifespan: Because external drives typically aren’t used as much as traditional computer hard drives, they last longer. So you can rely on this type of photo storage for many years to come.
- Portability and capacity: With an external drive, you can connect to any computer, making it easy to share pictures when you visit friends and family.
Plus, external hard drives can hold huge amounts of files! You could back up everything on your computer—not just your photos—if you opt for a drive with a large capacity.
HP storage solutions come in a variety of sizes and offer large storage capacities.
Learn more about archiving digital photos on an external drive.
Now that you’ve discovered the different ways you can store your digital photos, take the time to explore each method a little more in-depth:
- 1Requires a Snapfish account and an Internet connection to printer.