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Anyone storing pictures on external hard drive?

We are still snowed in here. Ice.....roads not clear and we're not equiped for it in this part of the state. So to avoid 'Cabin Fever' the internet shopping bug has hit. I have been using a Canon 20D my Dh bought for me about 6 years ago (he keeps trying to get me to upgrade the body...I had learning new gagets) and I can still use my old lenses from my Cannon Elan 7 SLR although it takes some work, I do have Digital ones also. My problem is my files are huge!!! I really need to have a dedicated external hard drive to store the photos. Anyone storing and what are you using or recomment? Thanks

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We are still snowed in here. Ice.....roads not clear and we're not equiped for it in this part of the state. So to avoid 'Cabin Fever' the internet shopping bug has hit. I have been using a Canon 20D my Dh bought for me about 6 years ago (he keeps trying to get me to upgrade the body...I had learning new gagets) and I can still use my old lenses from my Cannon Elan 7 SLR although it takes some work, I do have Digital ones also. My problem is my files are huge!!! I really need to have a dedicated external hard drive to store the photos. Anyone storing and what are you using or recomment? Thanks
Nah, on a 20D, your files are still LITTLE! My 7D shoots 18MP files, and I only shoot RAW. THOSE are big files!

I have a one terrabyte internal HD, and two WD "My Book" Terrabyte external HD's. I have a program that automatically backs up all my data nightly, right after the antivirus software runs. I back up to one of the external drives for a month, then swap it out for the other one for the next month. The one that is not is use is stored off-site at my office.

I also have a 1T Passport external HD which I use with my laptop. It's TINY, and holds all my data. I back that one up manually as needed.


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Karen, For the laptop I am using these files are big! You have the camera my DH keeps telling me I NEED. Seems he thinks I don't have enough hobbies. The only reason I finally stopped us my G3 was nothing supports it anymore and my DH got tired of the whole thing and gave me this one and its a retired laptop mosty use to hook in to their server. He just got a new one and ask if I like it no the touch pad is terrible and there are all these pop up things its like a kids movie with 3D. Dreading the day I have to get a new one, my adult daughter laughs she is on her 5th since I moved here. You have to understand I lived in India back in the 80's and 90's when you could not bring certain Items in without paying a hugh tax. So my first laptop had a key board in Hebrew because it was easier to bring it from there LOL. Geting back to the external hard drive the one you use for your lap top is more like it. Is it easy to use? Do you know if I could use it with xp professional? I am going to try to look it up. How do you like your Camera and I know the quality is probably really good when you blow up photos are their must have features I really need? My wedding pictures were done in raw format, I don't know why she did them that way but they are awesome.

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Karen, For the laptop I am using these files are big! You have the camera my DH keeps telling me I NEED. Seems he thinks I don't have enough hobbies. The only reason I finally stopped us my G3 was nothing supports it anymore and my DH got tired of the whole thing and gave me this one and its a retired laptop mosty use to hook in to their server. He just got a new one and ask if I like it no the touch pad is terrible and there are all these pop up things its like a kids movie with 3D. Dreading the day I have to get a new one, my adult daughter laughs she is on her 5th since I moved here. You have to understand I lived in India back in the 80's and 90's when you could not bring certain Items in without paying a hugh tax. So my first laptop had a key board in Hebrew because it was easier to bring it from there LOL. Geting back to the external hard drive the one you use for your lap top is more like it. Is it easy to use? Do you know if I could use it with xp professional? I am going to try to look it up. How do you like your Camera and I know the quality is probably really good when you blow up photos are their must have features I really need? My wedding pictures were done in raw format, I don't know why she did them that way but they are awesome.
Well, I do understand what you mean about not liking to change computers (or CELL PHONES!!!) but I do like to upgrade my camera bodies, and I always upgrade PS with each generation. Unfortunately, that, to some extent, drives my need to upgrade computers too, though when I do, I try to think ahead, and get the most powerful machine I can so it lasts me as long as possible.

The Passport runs directly off a USB connection, and it will work on any computer with a USB port. It's just a hard drive, so it really doesn't matter what operating system you are using. The WD My Books are also USB, but they require their own power source as well, so there is one extra wire... Not a big deal, really. The biggest difference is that you pay for portability. The My Books cost about $79 each, and the Passport is about $125 for the same size drive.

As far as upgrading from the 20D is concerned, if I were you, I would NOT move to the 7D, I'd suggest getting a 50D if you can find one. The 50D is an AWESOME camera, as far as I'm concerned, the best XXD that Canon has made. I had no intention of buying the 7D until my husband dropped and broke my 50D. I do like the 7D, and I'm starting to get the hang of it, but there is would be a relatively steep learning curve from where you are now.

I KNOW you can EASILY slip from a 20D to a 50D because that's what I did. The controls are very similar, but the IQ is much, MUCH better, and the noise at high ISO's is controlled much better too. When my husband broke the 50D, I had to go back to shooting the 20D while I was deciding what to do. I found the screen on the 20D to be SO small, after getting used to the 50D that it felt almost useless.

Or you could go with the 60D... it's going for about the same price as the 50D's, even though the 50D is discontinued. The 60D is plastic, but I got to handle a friend's on a recent trip, and it has a pretty solid feel. It also has an articulated viewfinder, which she liked a lot... I don't think I'd use it much. Both the the 60D and the 7D shoot HD video if you're into that... I like a camera to be a camera. I don't need it to be a video camera or a cell phone, thank you. But ALL the new models of ALL the camera brands are coming with video these days, so I guess Canon had to do it too.

Oh, and any lenses that fit on your 20D will still fit any other XXD or the 7D.

As far as shooting RAW is concerned, since a camera can't "see" the same amount of dynamic range that a human eye can, it is easy for a scene to either have the highlights blown out or the shadows blocked up. Shooting RAW gives you the opportunity to recover information in these areas that you couldn't if you let the camera's middle-of-the-road algorithms make decisions for you. It does mean some extra processing, though. One you've shot a sky that looks "bald" as a JPG, and seen the detail that is actually there in a RAW file, you're a convert forever.


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Karen, Thank you so much!!!! And the tips about the 7D vs the 50D, I am not interested in the video either. I think I will end up with the pass port. The only thing I miss about working is tech support!!! I am the unashamed queen of the bribe. I use to offer Indian dinner at my house for...yes, at one time I had the best tech support. Thanks so much I appreciate your experience.

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I also use "My Book" for auto nightly backups - but I do love the small 'passports' as they are so easy and you can take them anywhere to show others pictures and they hold so much!!


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I ordered the Passport last night on line...I did free shipping so it will be at least a week before I get it. I also ordered more memory, I can't use some parts of my programs because of lack of memory. This computer does not have much it was being used as a traveling one as they could hook in to the office server it wasn't needed. So I will have maxed out and hopeful will not have to deal with getting use to a new one. Thanks!

Karen, Looked at the 50D on line awesome there are some out there. Finding a body only might be a bit harder I don't need anymore lenses at this time. I will hint at DH for my birthday. This will make him breath a little. I keep hammering him for a puppy, I don't really want one at this time, I have enough on my hands. I just am getting him comfortable with the $$$ when its time.

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Karen, Looked at the 50D on line awesome there are some out there. Finding a body only might be a bit harder I don't need anymore lenses at this time. I will hint at DH for my birthday. This will make him breath a little. I keep hammering him for a puppy, I don't really want one at this time, I have enough on my hands. I just am getting him comfortable with the $$$ when its time.
You're a riot!

You'll love the 50D if you get it. Check E-bay too, just make sure you're bidding on a NEW one. You can also contact Canon. You can buy refurbished cameras from them. That might be a bit cheaper, and I'm SURE you can get one without the lens. I agree with you... I'd never put money toward a kit lens if I could avoid it!


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I have a friend in NY and we "back up" each others so there is a copy away from our homes as well.

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I have a friend in NY and we "back up" each others so there is a copy away from our homes as well.
Yeah, you're really not safe if your backup is in the same building as your main drive. I change about once month, so I can't lose more than a months worth of files. If I hac ea big shoot, like coming home from a major trip, I'll back up to the off-site drive right away, just to avoid the chance of losing a large amount of work.

I also keep my favorite photos on Zenfolio, but that's just jpg's, and a max 8mp file size, so it' not a TRUE back-up.


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