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Why we still keep our photo on CD-disks?

With the increased popularity of digital cameras and smartphones with cameras more and more people are taking pictures. Once they take these pictures they will need a place to store them until they figure what in the world they plan to do with all of the pictures that they took. Putting the pictures on a CD may seem like old school, but Unlike old-style photographs that had to be developed and the printed for you to be able to see them, today’s pictures are taken digitally and the files are stored in a number of ways.

Today, people like to be able to instantly upload their to social media or shared within an email to a number of different recipients. However, when it comes to storing all of these hundreds if not thousands of files it can become a bit dicey. With all of the things that can go wrong with files being stored on your computer, files can easily be accidentally deleted, they could get corrupted or a number of other bad things.

Saving files to CD is extremely easy

It is really easy to copy and burn picture files to CD on most any desktop or laptop computer. Just about every desktop and laptop computer on the market today comes with a CD writer or CD burner as they are commonly known as. This device uses a specially designed CD that allows the device to write the data to CD media that is loaded into the tray.

Once all the files have been burned to the disk they can be read by the same CD burner and viewed on the computer or any other computer with a CD player installed. Once copied over to the CD the files are safe and cannot be deleted.

CD’s can hold an amazing amount of pictures

CD’s can hold a whole lot of digital pictures files on them since they have a standard capacity of 700 MB’s. So, depending on the number of factors including image resolution (low, medium and high) you can store hundreds of your pictures on one CD. If you require more space you might consider switching to DVD media which gives you far superior storage capacity.

Typical 700 MB CD will hold:

750 low-resolution images
450 Medium-resolution images
450 High-resolution images

CD’s can be stored in a safer place

One of the biggest advantages of using old-style CD’s instead of simply storing them on your computer’s hard drive is that you take the disk out of the computer, put it in a hard plastic case and store it in a safe. If you were to simply leave on the hard drive you would have easier access to the files, but if your hard drive crashes or the files get corrupted, you cannot simply get the files back.

So, you really need to consider what is more important to you when it comes to storing your precious pictures, safety or quicker and more convenient.

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Daniel Zimmermann

Daniel Zimmermann has been writing on security and malware subjects for many years and has been working in the security industry for over 10 years. Daniel was educated at the Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany and currently lives in New York.

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