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Fast-changing technology means storage devices and media popular today may be obsolete in just a few years. So, we recommend both the most popular current technology solution and a very traditional way of storing your digital pictures.
Storing digital pictures as photo prints in albums Are we serious? Store digital pictures as prints in photo albums? Indeed, we are. And as you'll see, the photo album deserves your serious consideration for its long-term storage advantages.
Your first step may be to decide whether to make prints on your home inkjet printer or have a photo service make them for you on traditional photographic paper. In reality, you will likely have both inkjet and traditional photo prints. If you have a choice, the traditional photo print probably will last a bit longer than an inkjet print. But in the right storage conditions, both should last for decades.
With your prints on hand, see our Scrapbooking section to learn how to create and store a special photo album that will amuse and amaze future generations.
Storing digital pictures on CD-ROMs
CDs and DVDs can be a safe means of storage, but the rapid pace of technology means that technology 10 years into the future may not be compatible with today's CDs and DVDs..
Advantages of CDs:
Disadvantages of CDs: