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My pictures counter for July 2011

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. For almost two years now, I have been providing an update at the end of each month showing you how many pictures & videos I have, how much space they take and how much space I have left on my main hard drive. Check out last month’s numbers.

My digital pictures counter for July 2011

  • Pictures & videos: 68,559
  • Number of folders: 3450
  • Total size: 234.76 GigaBytes(GB)
  • Space remaining: 765.24 GigaBytes
  • Change from last month: + 1432 files
  • Size change from last month: + 11.26Gb size

I started counting my pictures in October 2009 (Read my first article where I started counting my pictures). Check out the numbers…it’s pretty crazy!

Why the difference from last month?

This month we took over one thousand pictures…again! Well, considering we’re still traveling around, this is not too bad because we’re seeing some really cool places: (Cambridge, England, London, England…or just see all our travel pictures).

In addition we took some vacation time and went to Italy at then end of July and then France in August. So you can easily imagine that our pictures counter keeps going up very very fast. Pictures will be posted soon on my travel blog.

The size increased by 11.26Gb, which is no problem because we have our netbook and another laptop as backup for pictures storage. When we get back home we should have plenty of space because we have upgraded our computer and backup system to 1Tb ( Read How to setup your computer for easy backup) .

My computer hardware setup while on the road

I’ll add this section because it’s always useful to see what people use to storing their photos while they travel. I have a Dell laptop and an Asus netbook for storing all the pictures while traveling. So I transfer all my pictures from my Canon T2i camera to both computers just in case one of them will be crashing (which is very possible). It’s a little tedious to transfer the pictures twice but the effort (or the peach of mind) is really worth it.

One of the laptops I was using while traveling has a very small hard drive and this month we have exceeded it’s storage capacity. So I bought a new Western Digital Passport portable hard drive which holds 500Gb which is sufficient for anything on the road. Now, I transfer all my pictures to the netbook and then back it up to the very small but large external hard drive.

My computer hardware setup at home

I keep using 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 for backing up all our media files.

My photo gear

I have the new Canon T2i and loving it. I have been using it for more than a year now and love the low light capabilities of this camera. This camera is proving to be great for traveling as well.

In addition we have a Canon A570IS point and shoot that my wife loves. She still uses the Canon T2i 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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