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Using hard drives for storage and backup

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Let's talk about hard drives for a moment. I love these things for storing your photos. Now one point that I want to make right up top is that you don't want all of your pictures to live on the computer here. The problem is a lot of people have only one copy of their pictures on their computer, and computer hard drives: they fail all the time. So you want some protection, and a great way to do that is have copy of your photos on an external hard drive. Now we have this little guy here; isn't he cute? He is adorable, but he holds tons and tons of photographs, and yet he can fit right here in my top pocket.

Using hard drives for storage and backup

Let's talk about hard drives for a moment. I love these things for storing your photos. Now one point that I want to make right up top is that you don't want all of your pictures to live on the computer here. The problem is a lot of people have only one copy of their pictures on their computer, and computer hard drives: they fail all the time. So you want some protection, and a great way to do that is have copy of your photos on an external hard drive. Now we have this little guy here; isn't he cute? He is adorable, but he holds tons and tons of photographs, and yet he can fit right here in my top pocket.

So this is a great hard drive for you to have when you're on the go. That way after you upload your pictures to your computer, you can make copies to it, and then you have them in two spots. Perfect! There are medium sized hard drives here that are shock resistant, and can take moisture, and things like that. And then we have these medium size hard drives here that have a higher capacity, they are a little bulkier, but yet they still fit in your backpack. This is a fun one here: this unit actually has two hard drives in it.

Two hard drives: one here, and one here. There's two bays, so that when I transfer my images from my computer to this hard drive it then backs it up to the second hard drive. That way if something goes wrong with one of these two hard drives, you still have your stuff. It's pretty exciting, and these are very large capacity. These start at 1 terabyte each, but they go all the way up to 6 terabytes. That is a lot of storage. This last one here; this is a little iomega. We will be talking about it more later, but this hard drive can actually go on your network. That means that many people can access it, and that also means that you can access it from the cloud, which means if you're somewhere else you can get to your pictures back at home.

And it also has two drives in it that back up one from the other. So as you can see, there's a variety of hardware that we have here, and the best news is that the prices have really come down, so these are affordable solutions. You can get little hard drives like this for less than $100. These, a lot of these, you can get for less than $200 now. Fantastic! So hard drives, backup your photos, be safe, and have fun too.

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Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos

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  1. 2m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. Why photo organization matters
      1m 32s
  2. 3m 21s
    1. Using media readers
      59s
    2. Using hard drives for storage and backup
      2m 22s
  3. 12m 26s
    1. Making sure your camera is set up correctly
      3m 22s
    2. Understanding how your camera stores photos and movies
      3m 29s
    3. Removing pictures from your card
      1m 33s
    4. Taking advantage of dual card slots on DSLRs
      31s
    5. Taking care of your memory cards
      1m 18s
    6. Creating a set of folders on your hard drive
      2m 13s
  4. 11m 39s
    1. Dealing with your legacy collection
      2m 11s
    2. Transferring photos to a Windows computer
      2m 35s
    3. Transferring photos to a Mac
      2m 22s
    4. Doing a software-assisted photo transfer
      4m 31s
  5. 8m 27s
    1. Viewing photos on a Windows computer
      2m 21s
    2. Viewing photos on a Mac
      2m 53s
    3. Viewing photos using file browsers
      3m 13s
  6. 15m 42s
    1. Understanding digital asset managers
      2m 39s
    2. Transferring images with Lightroom on a Windows computer
      5m 56s
    3. Transferring images with Aperture on a Mac
      5m 11s
    4. Transferring photos with iPhoto
      1m 56s
  7. 15m 46s
    1. Understanding keywords
      3m 49s
    2. Setting strategies for using keywords
      4m 17s
    3. Lightroom keyword tips
      2m 42s
    4. Aperture keyword tips
      4m 58s
  8. 16m 51s
    1. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 39s
    2. Flagging your favorites
      3m 58s
    3. Organizing in Lightroom
      1m 50s
    4. Using filters in Aperture
      2m 49s
    5. Organizing in iPhoto
      3m 35s
  9. 9m 52s
    1. Understanding albums and collections
      2m 27s
    2. Creating Smart Albums in Aperture
      2m 41s
    3. Working with collections in Lightroom
      2m 45s
    4. Setting up albums in iPhoto
      1m 59s
  10. 13m 32s
    1. Managing photos that you edit in Photoshop
      5m 24s
    2. Managing derivative versions in Lightroom
      4m 17s
    3. Managing derivative versions in Aperture
      3m 51s
  11. 16m 13s
    1. Choosing file formats
      4m 39s
    2. Backing up to hard drives
      3m 31s
    3. Deciding photos to archive
      1m 34s
    4. Backing up to your local area network
      2m 3s
    5. Backing up to the cloud
      2m 49s
    6. Working with multiple hard drives
      1m 37s
  12. 19m 40s
    1. Recovering in Lightroom
      5m 20s
    2. Recovering in Aperture
      6m 52s
    3. Recovering in iPhoto
      2m 46s
    4. Recovering from a file-system-managed backup
      1m 28s
    5. Making prints of your best work
      3m 14s
  13. 1m 54s
    1. Next steps
      1m 54s

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