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External hard drives

Ever since the very beginnings of photography, image archiving has been a matter of concern. Not only can environmental factors like moisture and humidity destroy prints and negatives, but these photographic records are also prone to physical damage, such as scratching or tearing. The digital photographer doesn't have to worry much about scratching a digital file, but the need to safely archive your images may be even more important. You might lose a single negative to a scratch, but a crashed hard drive can take thousands of images along with it.

Keeping a backup archive of your images is crucial to ensuring their safety. Many digital photographers use CD-Rs and DVD-Rs to hold their image archives, but questions on the long-term stability of these formats and the limited storage capacities have caused some to turn to a larger storage option. As the size of a single image archive can balloon into the tens of gigabytes, external hard drives are increasingly becoming the preferred storage devices for digital photographers, and we'll tell you why they're worth considering.


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