We received a great question from a reader named Brent lately, all about backing up his digital life. The Question  Hi Photofocus, After your repeated suggestion to backup, backup, backup, I’m finally ready to make the online plunge. I would greatly appreciate your recommendation for an online backup service. I work on a 27″ iMac […]

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No one knows for sure how long digital images last. But if you use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, here are some steps you can take to increase your digital photo’s lifespan.

1) Save all your images as PSD Photoshop files. Photoshop can still open an image made with the first version of the program and that’s 16 years old. If you use another file format you run the risk that future generations of the program cannot open it.
2) Save images in at least three different places. I suggest an internal hard disk, a removable hard disk, and a GOLD CD ROM.
3) Save to an old fashioned tape drive or the web as an additional backup.

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