How do photographers store all of their images?

I always run out of space on my laptop importing so many RAW files.

3 Answers

  • Frank
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    How? It depends upon the computer. If the photographer is using a desktop, they can add more and/or bigger drives to their box. You could switch out your existing hard drive or SSD for a larger one.

    Another option is to use cloud storage which is virtually unlimited. Downside is that you run the risk of the company going out of business and you're left with no backups, and you now have to find another cloud solution and spend days, weeks, or even months uploading your images - yet again.

    Another options which is faster and more secure is external storage. This option is something that you'd probably utilize since you're using a laptop. Setting up a NAS allows you to create a storage box to which you can add additional drives as your needs change. One popular NAS is the Drobo. The Drobo is more than just a box of disks. It utilizes a RAID system where if one of the drives should ever die *(and they's just a matter of when) the user simply replaces that drive and the system will automatically repopulate it using parity bits from the other drives. Because a NAS uses RAID your read/write speeds are going to be much, much faster than using a single drive. And because it usually uses RAID, you're protected against hardware failures. Furthermore, you can daisy chain multiple NAS boxes for virtually unlimited storage.

    Here's a link to an article by B&H where they discuss storage solutions further:

  • 3 weeks ago

    A USB drive or a portable thumb drive would work.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    An external  SSD or HDD.

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