Preserving Photos By Scanning

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

I’m thinking of preserving all my paper photos by scanning them into Picasa – is this a good way to go?
Should I then back this up also to Carbonite. I have never used or signed up for Carbonite, or would an external drive be good enough?

I would appreciate any suggestions.

Thank you, Salome

Dear Salome,

Preserving your collection of photos by scanning them into your computer is a great idea. Not only do you have them stored in a convenient format, but you can easily make copies of the photos on disk and share with your family and friends.

When you use Picasa to scan your photos, you are saving them on your computer, not in Picasa itself. You should end up with a collection of .jpg files in your “Pictures” folder.

As long as you have a copy of those pictures in a local backup and an offsite backup (like carbonite) your photos will be well protected.



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