With so many digital storage options available today, there are a variety of ways to store a lifetime’s worth of photos all in one place. However, if you keep all your files in one storage system, you could lose everything if it crashes or becomes corrupted.

That’s what makes photo albums and physical prints so valuable and timeless. While no digital image is forever, a print allows you to look back on memories from years ago and physically hold them in your hands. Our children and grandchildren won’t be browsing our Facebook profiles to see how we lived before they were born.


That said, it never hurts to take advantage of some of the many digital storage options available. Just keep in mind that you may want to use more than one so you run less of a risk of losing all your images.



Hard drives come in huge sizes these days, but they are likely to fail at some point. While it’s a great idea to store your images on your computer hard drive for easy access, you should also keep them on an external drive as well as a backup. Just keep in mind that your data can be corrupted. 


Storing photos in the cloud solves a lot of the problems of local storage. For example, should something happen to your computer, your photos would all still be safe and available for you to reclaim once you have a new computer. However, cloud data is not always secure and can even be hacked. Plus, if you don’t keep up payments to your cloud account, you could lose access to your files.

The best way to store your digital files is to take advantage of multiple storage options, so that your images are in more than one place. That way, should something happen to one of our storage options, your images are still available to you elsewhere.


While it’s great to have digital files of all your images, don’t let them just sit on your hard drive or in the cloud. Instead, take time to get high-quality prints and albums of your photos so you can look back on them for years to come.