Photo Editing: 5 Storage Tips

Photo editing often involves using a large amount of disk space. Raw images copied straight from a camera and other sources of high resolution photos have large file sizes. It is important to store numerous backups of both the raw and working files. There is no foolproof way of keeping files safe. This is why it is often recommended to have multiple backups, more importantly several different types of backups. Here are several options and tips with regards to storage.

1. Internal Hard Drive

Computers are required to have a form of internal hard drive. This is where all of the computer programs, system configuration and other files are stored. It is the default type of storage, as it makes it easier for the user or editor to access the files. As numerous programs are accessing the main internal hard drive at the same time, this type is also the most vulnerable to being corrupted or rendered unusable because of computer viruses, theft, an outburst of electricity or other problems.

Users who are using one internal hard drive are suggested to partition their hard drive. This allows users to categorize their files into different partitions, making them easier to locate as well as protecting the integrity of the files in case one partition fails. Multiple internal hard drives can also be utilized depending on the computer's capacity.

2. Internal Hard Drive with RAID Controller

Essentially, multiple internal hard drives are connected by a RAID controller. The RAID controller copies the contents of the main drive to the other connected hard drives. The duplication process is done in real time, automatically making a carbon copy of the main hard drive. This allows the user to easily switch to the backup drive in case the main drive fails. This option is available in most of the newer motherboards that are available on the market today.

3. External or Removable Hard Drives

Another option is to purchase external or removable hard drives. In most cases, the drives are thinner and lighter, making them more convenient to carry around. These drives can be connected to other computers through a USB port. It is important to note that these portable drives are more expensive than other options. For a cheaper alternative, users can purchase a hard drive enclosure. This container converts the port of the internal hard drive, allowing it to be connected through the USB port.

4. DVDs

These types of media storage are the cheapest option. The most expensive DVDs cost around $2.50 each, advertised to last as long as 100 years. Even with the cheaper brands of DVDs, users can make multiple copies of the same data. These discs can be carried and stored anywhere, accessible with any computer that has a DVD player. Users are advised not to use the rewriteable type to avoid the risk of overwriting any data.

5. Online


Various websites offer the option of online storage. This allows the editor to access the saved files with any computer that is capable of connecting to the Internet. There are sites which can store data for free or for a small fee, mainly depending on the size allowed for download.