Choosing and using a scanner

Most people have old photographs they want to keep but are concerned about the amount of space they take up and the deterioration than can occur over time. Digitising these images is the ideal way to preserve them – and for that you need a scanner.

Seagate 8.0GB CompactFlash Photo Hard Drive

Outstanding storage capacity for the price plus above-average shock resistance for microdrive products.Seagate, a leading developer of hard drives, has a new range of “Photo Hard Drives” that boast higher resistance to vibration and impact shock and are compatible with most DSLR cameras with CF slots. The new Seagate Photo Hard Drives are available in 4GB and 8GB capacities and both require a CompactFlash Type II card slot. The company claims it has used a new drive architecture that maintains data integrity and protects the drive against drops or falls.

Western Digital My Passport Elite 320GB Portable Hard Drive

9 Rating

The smallest, lightest – and most elegant – portable backup device we’ve reviewed to date.It may not be the cheapest 320GB portable HDD around, but the new Western Digital (WD) My Passport Elite drive is the smallest and most elegant drive we’ve reviewed. On a cost/gigabyte basis, it’s also excellent value for money. Available in either bronze or titanium (gunmetal grey), it has a ‘soft touch’ finish that is very comfortable to hold and resistant to finger-marking.

Verbatim SmartDisk 120GB Portable Hard Drive

8.8 Rating

A slim, lightweight portable backup device for photographers who travel with a notebook computer.The portable storage devices market has mushroomed lately, with many new products that will appeal to photographers-on-the-move. Weighing less than 200 grams and small enough to fit in a shirt pocket, Verbatim’s SmartDisk 120GB portable hard drive is one of the smallest and lightest in its category, thanks to its tough, magnesium alloy housing.

Image Archiving

While many photographers still use the traditional print-and-frame or print-to-album strategies, all digital photographers must confront the issue of how they will store their digital image files.