How safe are your family photographs?

@megs85 (3144)
Australia
February 1, 2007 1:30am CST
I have been thinking a lot about what material possessions mean a lot to me, due mostly to the bushfires rampaging around this area. And the one that always is at the top of my list, is my family photographs, in particular those of my son Kai. I have all the images stored on my computer hard drive, and also on CDs which I keep in a drawer next to the computer. I also have hard copies. I'm thinking that perhaps I should put them all on one disk, make a few copies and put one at each of the grandparents, aunts etc houses, just in case. What precautions do you have in place for preserving your family's photos, or other treasured possessions? What improvements do you think you should make?
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@bigmommy (52)
• Philippines
2 Feb 07
It seems we're both very "paranoid" with our family photos. Actually, it's my husband who does all the precautions needed in this area. We have thousands of photos and they're all stored in our hard drive here in the house with backups in his laptop, his mobile hard disks, and in his office computers. i think he also made copies in CDs and we've also sent copies of some pictures to our parents and siblings. We value our photos very very much and we enjoy looking at them every once in a while. like you, we would never, ever take the chance of losing our pictures!
@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
2 Feb 07
I figure its better to be safe then sorry, as the saying goes... Photos are one of those things that can never be replaced, and that get passed along in families, so relatives are gone but not forgotten.
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• Philippines
2 Feb 07
you got that right! besides, i don't have that much photos of when i was a kid and that makes me sad...i don't want that to happen to our kids. we want them to see how they looked, what they liked doing, where they lived, etc, and most especially, how much they were (and are) loved..that's why i also take as much videos of them as i can. i want their memory of their childhood to be much clearer than mine is.
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
2 Feb 07
Yeah my mum tore up my baby photos, for which she had no negatives or anything, during a HUGE fight during my teenage years. I know SHE regrets it now,as do I. But they can never be brought back.
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• United States
2 Feb 07
I have never thought about losing my photo's to a fire, but since you brought it up, I am not sure what it's called but I would get one of those fireproof boxes to store my valuable documents in...SS
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
2 Feb 07
Well I never really thought of it either until the episode with my computer. Now with all the bushfires attacking Australia, and family members I know that have lost EVERYTHING- house and all possessions, it really plays on my mind.
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@rusty2rusty (6760)
• Defiance, Ohio
1 Feb 07
I place them in my fotki and other online photo places. Besides cd's. That way incase my computer breaks I still have them. I learned the hard way to do that. I had a bunch and I was ready to put them on disk when my computer componet went out one time.
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
2 Feb 07
Yeah that happened to me, I couldnt get all my photos off my computer when my system crashed. I finally got them off, but let me tell you, it was after a lot of tears and tantrums and time...
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• Philippines
1 Feb 07
I scanned most of it and store it on my computer. I even save copies of it in my various email accounts. Friendster and Myspace also count as my storage bin. And of course I have it framed for viewing and place it where kids and pets can't get it without an adult's supervision.
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@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
1 Feb 07
So as long as the world wide web is around, so are your photos? What if something happened adn you no longer had access to the internet? Or if, and I doubt this highly but you never know, the internet "crashed"? Why do people take risks with irreplaceable items?
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I think a better way is to upload them into online storage at the different photo shops york and yahoo where you can always retrieve them if you choose I use Yahoo regularly to store my pictures
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@Lydia1901 (16353)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Well, that is just great for you. Most of our pictures are on the computer and nothing on an album at all. So, I think they are safe for now.