What's the best way to save thousands of pics and videos from my laptop before it goes kaput?

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My laptop is getting old and I'm worried it will go kaput like my last laptop did and lost all my data. So what is the best and easiest way to save thousands of pics and videos I have saved on it for years before I lose it all?

Do I save them to a CD-R disc by dragging the photo file to it and it will

My laptop is getting old and I'm worried it will go kaput like my last laptop did and lost all my data. So what is the best and easiest way to save thousands of pics and videos I have saved on it for years before I lose it all?

Do I save them to a CD-R disc by dragging the photo file to it and it will automatically d/l all the pics and videos?

Does saving it to iCloud as easy as dragging the file or do I have to move files individually?

Other answer:

Herfot:
Right now you have an unsafe attitude towards file backup. Much of the time failure of a storage device is sudden and catastrophic. There is no warning. This failure can happen the first day or take a decade. While it is great you will finally make a backup. Your plan should be to maintain a backup in perpetuity.

Use an external hard drive or NAS if you don't want to remember to plug the drive in. Flash drives are too unreliable to depend on them for a backup. Most hard drives come with a backup program but your OS will also have backup software built in. If you have a Mac then Time Machine is great for backups.

If you have Windows, most automated options are problematic. I prefer to us FreeFileSync. It is more complicated to configure and you must perform syncs manually (I use the mirror option). At least you know the backup happened. I've seen a wide range of backup suites. Often, they don't back up everything or simply stop backing up. Then ignorant users ignore warning messages.

If your data is critical, you would have two backup sources. Preferably one off site. You would have your local external hard drive or NAS for backups. Then you would use a service such as Carbonite to backup your data off site. Another option would involve rotating backups. Transporting one off site or at least using a bolted down fire and water resistant safe.

The reasoning for the dual rotated backups are many. A single backup just protects against a simple failure of the storage device. Incidents such as a power surge, fire, flood, theft &c can take out the computer and backup device. Albeit rare the backup device can also fail before or during the restore process.

Terry D:
I also have a lot of photos on my laptop I want to keep. My solution was to buy a big external hard drive (1 TB) and copy the entire photos folder over.

As I add more photos from my phone to the laptop, I also copy them to the external drive.

I don't just stop there. I also regularly copy photo folders to DVD and USB sticks and keep copies off-site at my mother's place as a kind of fire security measure.

One last thing and this might seem pretty old school… but I select a smaller collection of photos I particularly like a lot and take them on a USB flash drive to my local photo store and get them PRINTED!

Photos are valuable because they're your memories. You should do everything you can to keep them safe!

Jamin:
If you don't want to loose your data you've got to have some sort of regular backup. If you want to make sure your data doesn't get lost, it needs backed up to two different places.

I would suggest an external drive of some sort. You can get NAS drives that attach to your router, or even WIFI drives that will attach to your router wirelessly. That way when your computer connects to your router it can backup your data.

You can get very cheap USB drives, if your router has a port you can plug it in there and again back up over the network, or just plug the usb drive into your computer once a day or once a week or something and let it backup that way.

CDs and DVDs can work for one of the 2 backups, but they aren't that reliable unless you take steps to make sure they don't fail. I've got DVD backups over the last 10 years from my computer and probably a quarter of them aren't readable anymore.

Smokies Hiker:
The safest and most cost effective way to backup your personal files would be to buy an external hard drive like a 1 or 2 terabyte hard drive and begin backing up everything including the OS to the external hard drive. I just bought a 2 terabyte external hard drive for $80 at Walmart a few months ago.
Alright alright alright:
As he other user said you have a bad attitude towards backup is so correct.Let me start by saying discs and usbs are so and I mean SO fragile they can over write and swipe just by disconnecting them wrong or anything.You want a EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE that is the BEST it's not only large for data but very reliable it is after all a "HARDRIIVE" they cost 100$ or so goodluck
Kay:
I put all my important files on an external hard drive. I think my computer is in danger of dying right now too, so I'm glad that if it is gone, at least I still have my info. So I would go to Best Buy and invest in a good external hard drive. If you have documents you can also email them to yourself so they stay in cyberspace forever.
Yorrik:
Assuming you've got an e-mail address, simply send lots of attached photographs as an e-mail but in the 'archive' section. The other trick is to have two e-mail addresses and simply send your photographs as e-mail attachments to your other e-mail address. Don't worry. Your e-mails will remain in cyberspace for all time.

The other way is to open a 'Drop-Box' account free as far as I know and simply send all your photographs there.

Palladini:
I would, on Boxing day, go buy a new external hard drive and the save all your pics and documents to that. You can get external Hard drives at pretty good deal these days.
GrendleandKleev:
Get a thumb drive or external hard drive to back up your files. Look into the cloud as a storage source.

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