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Buying An External Hard Drive On Which To Store Photographs

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Ninnynanny | 09:23 Tue 16th Aug 2016 | Computers
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I have 1000s of photographs on my PC, not a laptop. I would like to copy them to external hard drive in case of problems with my PC.

Please could someone suggest a model, simple and easy to use, my PC is using Windows 10. I would only be using it as a photo storage facility.

I am not good with technology terms so please use simple terms. Thank you very much.

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oh yes, as jth says, storage space: find out how much space your pictures already take up (right click on My Photos or whatever your photos folder is called, then Properties and it should tell you how many gigabytes you're already using), figure out how long it's taken to fill up that many and how many mroe you're likely to need in the future, and buy accordingly....
09:33 Tue 16th Aug 2016
Doesn't sound like you need much storage space really so a usb flash drive would probably be more appropriate than an external hard drive. It would be more portable and less fiddly to set up. You can get a 32GB one delivered for just £5 (or £8.49 for 64GB)...

https://www.7dayshop.com/products/7dayshop-usb-2-0-flash-drive-usb-2-0-memory-stick-swivel-cap-design-32gb-WH2-7DAYUSB32GBBK

https://www.7dayshop.com/products/grixx-usb-2-0-flash-drive-memory-stick-64gb-WH2-GRUSB64GBALU
I'd not trust memories to a flash drive. Past experience suggests they go wrong too fast, particularly Corsair Voyager types, but others too. If you must use USB flash drives put the data on a number of them and check regularly.
I'm with OG on flash drives and I certainly wouldn't trust CDs or DVDs. If you're hesitating at the cost of a hard drive, think back to the days of film. A 36 exp colour print film will cost you about £5 with a further £5 or £6 for processing. An external 500GB portable hard drive will cost you about £35 to £40 or about the cost of 3 x 36 exposure films, with processing and it will hold about many times your current collection of photos. It's a no-brainer.

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