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My pictures counter for August 2010

How many digital pictures do you have? Have you ever counted them? It’s easy! At the end of October 2009 I decided to keep track of how many digital pictures and videos I have on my hard drive. So, I hope to be able to provide an update at the end of each month and show you how many pictures & videos I have, how much space they take and how much space I have left on my main hard drive.

My digital pictures counter for March 2010

  • Pictures & videos: 49,651
  • Number of folders: 3121
  • Total size: 132 GigaBytes(GB)
  • Space remaining: 868 GigaBytes
  • Change from last month: + 3018 files
  • Size change from last month: + 5Gb size

Why the difference from last month?

During August 2010, we took 3000 pictures and videos. We didn’t go anywhere, but we had two birthday parties and we took tons of pictures…as usual. The size increased by 5Gb, but now we have a lot more space since we have upgraded our computer and backup system to 1Tb ( Read How to setup your computer for easy backup) We were running out of room very fast and we bought a new computer and fitted it with an extra hard drive and new RAID backup system (Read How fast computer technology advances).

My computer hardware setup

I was finally able to setup our new Dell Inspirion 580s after outfitting it with an extra 1Tb internal drive. I have installed all the software we need and set up the daily automatic backup schedule. Everything is running pretty sweetly 🙂

As a summary, my new computer setup is as follows:

  • 1 System hard drive – 320 Gb
  • 1 Media hard drive – 1Tb
  • 1 RAID 1 backup system (2x 1Tb hard drives that replicate automatically). I use the Western Digital My Book Mirror Edition (affiliate link) for backing up all our media files.

My photo gear

I do have the new Canon T2i (affiliate link) and loving it. In addition we have a Canon A570IS point and shoot that my wife loves. She still uses the DSLR camera sometimes, but the fact that the point and shoot is small and light makes all the difference for her. She uses it mainly to shoot lots of videos.

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