YOURS FREE! 10 crucial steps most people miss when organizing their digital photos

Most people want to just organize their digital pictures and ignore these crucial steps right at the beginning...when they are shooting and transferring their digital pictures. Then they wonder why they can't organize their digital photos! Avoid most people's mistakes and start on the right track!

My pictures counter for November 2009

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 November 2009

  • Pictures & videos: 40,300 files
  • Total size: 102 GigaBytes(GB)
  • Space remaining: 48 GigaBytes
  • Since last month: + 10,195 files
  • Since last month: + 7Gb size

Why the difference from last month?

Wow…more than 10,000 pictures difference. Well, we did take a few pictures but not that many. We did however ordered over 1000 pictures from Fotki. This is where we keep our family pictures and this is the service we use for printing our pictures…it’s great. It’s been more than a year since we last printed pictures and so we accumulated many pictures we wanted to print.

We only print a few selected pictures from each event but we haven’t done it in a while and they just accumulated. So, lots of new folders to hold the selected pictures and then lots of new folders to hold the pictures ready for printing. This is what happens when selecting and printing my pictures. Lots of duplicated pictures. (Read Using folders to select pictures)

My computer hardware setup

I am pretty cheap when it comes to purchasing technology. I usually buy older technology because it’s much cheaper than the new technology…duh! I have an old PC (probably more than five years old) with two internal hard drives. One hard drive is smaller (100Gb) and I use it mainly for all my programs and some media other than pictures and videos. I have some music and lots of podcasts on that drive. I divided it in two partitions (40Gb for programs and 60Gb for other media).

The second hard drive is dedicated to my pictures and videos. It is a bit larger than my system disk (150Gb). This is where all my pictures are being stored.

The third hard drive is external and it is the largest of them all (200Gb). I have also created two partitions: one that is 150Gb for my pictures and another partition that is 50Gb for backing up my documents and some other media. I back up both my pictures and all my music and podcasts. This is a simple hard drive enclosure where I have added an internal hard drive. I build it myself so that I make sure that there is a good hard drive inside. Simple but functional.

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