3 Ideal Digital Storage Options for Your Photos & Videos

When it comes to storing photos and digital videos, you want to ensure the storage method you choose is reliable. Data storage becomes even more important when you’re responsible for photos from someone’s special event, such as a first birthday or a wedding. Luckily, there are several options available when it comes to storing away your precious memories. Wondering which one might suit your needs best? Here are some pros and cons that come with different data storage options.

DVD/CD Storage

One of the more traditional forms of data storage is burning your media onto a DVD/CD. This storage method is easy for most users to take advantage of and very cost efficient. They are also highly sharable as you can easily burn copies to send to family members and friends if they want a copy of the images or videos you are storing.

One of the disadvantages of this method of storage is these DVDs and CDs are fairly easy to destroy. The discs can easily crack or break, making it impossible to read any of the data stored on them. They can also disintegrate after a few years, leaving you with nothing but corrupted files. If you do decide to use CDs and DVDs for storage, make sure you place them in a protective case and preferably store them somewhere that will protect them from the elements.

External USB Drives

If you don’t want to rely on DVDs or CDs to store you priceless photos, invest in a USB drive as a backup to your computer’s hard drive. These flash drives are also inexpensive for the amount of storage they offer and are incredibly portable. There are even USB drives that attach to key chains, letting you take your important photos and videos on the go.

One of the biggest cons with this storage solution is the fact that these highly portable USB drives are also easy to lose. Another con is that if you are trying to share all your files with others, it might not be a cost effective solution to save all your photos and videos onto a USB drive for each person you want to share media with.

Cloud Storage

One of the most recent options when it comes to data storage is placing all your photos and videos into a form of cloud storage. Unlike photo-sharing sites like Flickr, you can use cloud storage to upload the images and not worry about sharing it unintentionally with others. Cloud storage is easy to set up and maintain, and you don’t have to worry about losing anything like a small USB drive or DVD. You can also buy additional storage as needed so you don’t need to worry about purchasing an additional storage options when you hit your file limit.

One of the biggest concerns with cloud storage is the issue of data security. Because your precious data is going to be stored remotely, there are concerns about your data mingling with others. While you don’t have classified information if you are only uploading photos and videos, you’ll want to make sure to choose a cloud storage provider that allows for data encryption to keep your files safe. You’ll also want to make sure that this form of storage is going to fit your pricing needs.


Erin Leigh is a freelance writer for Gadget Infinity, an online haven for digital camera accessories including cases, straps, bags, portable flashes, and light modifiers. 

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