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I LOVE taking photos! Whether we are at home, playing nearby, or taking a trip, I almost always have a camera with me, even if it is just my iPhone camera. You’ve seen a few of our vacation photos, and there are more to come.
When you are traveling, have you ever wondered what would happen if you lost your camera or if your camera were stolen? Several years ago, we moved cross country. Don was already there, so it was two kids, one cat, and I in a minivan. One night, our van was broken into, and my camera and computer were stolen, along with other lesser important items. I had most of my photos on another computer, but I lost all the photos I had taken during the trip. I was devastated.
Once everything went to the SD cards, I would put the full cards in a separate place from the camera, but that wasn’t full proof either. SD cards are so small and easy to lose. Then, I was introduced to Picture Keeper.
Picture Keeper comes in various sizes from PK 4 (holds 4,000 pictures) to PK Pro 320 (holds 320,000 pictures). Keep in mind that the exact number of photos each holds depends on the size of each photo. I went with the PK Pro which 250,000 photos. Mine probably won’t hold that number because I have quite a few photos that are larger than the 1 MB that is the estimated size of each photo.
If you check out the different Picture Keepers on their website, you’ll see that all but the largest two look like a “thumb-drive” or USB. The largest two are larger than that. My PK Pro is quite a bit larger, but it holds so many photos!
When I first plugged in my Picture Keeper PK Pro, it started searching for photos. It started counting how many photos it would be saving, and I will admit that it is a LOT more than the number above! It also skips duplicate pictures.
As it started backing up, it flipped through the photos in the monitor picture above. The first back up seemed like it took forever! Now that the initial back up is done, it doesn’t take very long to back up any new photos.
Now, when I travel, I upload my photos from SD cards to my computer. Then, I plug in my PK Pro, and it downloads all the new photos that have been added. Now, I have three copies of my vacation photos. I keep my PK Pro separate from my electronics, so if the electronics are taken, I will still have my photos. My family photos are extremely important to me, and the Picture Keeper helps to keep my family memories safe!
One thing to note is that the Picture Keeper works on both Mac and PC! This is HUGE for me! After we got home from vacation, Marvel Boy asked me to put the vacation photos on the main computer. Then, he asked me to put all of 2014 pictures on the main computer. I took the Picture Keeper and plugged it into the main computer and chose what photos I wanted to upload to the computer. It was fairly easy once I found the right way to do it. Soon, I had all the photos on there, and he was happily going through them.
I would never travel without my Picture Keeper again! It is a HUGE relief to know that my photos are in multiple places and will hopefully make it home with me!