Storing your photos in “The Cloud”?

We have thousands of photos spread across several computers now – most cruise related – and we’d like to get them all in one easy, safe location. Curious as to what experiences everyone has had with storing their photos on the internet. Websites, programs, apps – we want to hear all about the good and the bad!

19 Answers

I don’t use the cloud for all y photos. I bought a big external hard drive and I store them all on that. I tend to be repetitive. I use smaller external hard rides I travel with, when they are full I transfer them all to the big external label the smaller one and buy another. I then have them in two places.

Sounds like something I would do.

Technology has greatly evolved over the past few years regarding cloud storage and security. Cloud storage is much more reliable and flexible and affordable that it was 10 years ago. So long as you are using a reputable company it is a reasonable alternative. The main downside is the need of connectivity and the bandwidth for access. Bubba has one good alternative and there are others but regardless of which you choose there is one key trick everyone should use. Redundancy. Disks crash and content gets lost. Sites go down but the cloud does offer redundancy. I always recommend having at least 1 backup. So if the photos aree in the cloud, invest in an external hard drive or a few large thumb drives and store a copy there as well. It is not expensive and in the event that there are connectivity issues either at your end or the cloud end you still have your photos.

When I first started working with computers my instructor instill in us the 3 golden rules of computing. !) backup. 2) backup. 3) backup.Because things happen and loosing precious memories is a real heart breaker.

Been using EHDs for years...even added one to our HOPPER to store movies we come across, must have hundreds of em on one drive, and haven't neared capacity yet. As far as pics go, we "used to" have a zillion of em too. Couple of years ago we were kind of looking em over, between cruises..came to the conclusion it was getting ridiculous. there were a few thousand. We hardly take pics anymore.

Thank you all for your input, much appreciated. We do have an external hard drive (we literally call it the “photo drive”) and I think I’ve got every photo saved in at least 2 locations across that drive and 6 or so computers and a few phones. Maybe it’s just a lack of organization on my part, but it seems to be a real challenge locating the photos I’m looking for. I guess I’m hoping online storage would make it faster and easier to organize, locate and share photos across multiple platforms. I know we haven’t shared many of our experiences here at and I certainly hope to change that in the future!

As a side note, I’ve located a binder containing dozens of CDs with photos on them that I’d almost forgotten about. There was a small window (looks like 2003-2006ish) where we were still using film cameras but having them developed to digital format rather than (or in addition to?) prints. Always amazed at the technology changes I’ve seen!

I have a 3TB plan with iCloud, through my iPhone, iPod, and iPad...i think it costs me $0.99 every month

Cataloging, sorting,and organizing is always the hardest part. In the past I have always archived photos to DVDs with each labeled based on date when they were taken. I have a habit of taking pics off camera daily when on a trip or weekly if at home. They go into a folder with the date stamp as the name. When stored on either DVD or thumb drive those are labeled according to the dates they span. To find something one needs only remeber the date or approximate date. That too can be a challenge ;)

I wish $1 got you 3 terabytes! I pay $1 a month with iCloud and get 50 gb. I just googled it and it says it's $10 for 2 terabytes. It doesn't show anything more than that, but I think they said you can contact them if you need more storage. That's actually not too bad at all.

I stand corrected. It is the 50GB plan. I had the 2TB plan, and opted to go smaller :Facepalm:

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