All storage alternatives have pros and cons. The hard drive
has a lot of space, but can crash if you are not careful. The USB-stick also has a lot of space but costs a bit more in comparison.
“The USB stick
is really good. You can get ones with quite a lot of space now, which is good. The disadvantage is that they are easy to lose and you get less space for your money than what you get with a hard drive,” says Mattias Wenblad
who works as a photographer.
is often very secure but can be expensive if you have many pictures. Dvds
in comparison store a small number of images in comparison to other alternatives and can also be scratched easily, so these should be avoided as a first storage option.
A good alternative is to store them on a network hard drive, a so-called NAS which works as a simple computer dedicated to storage. You can mirror the contents, so if one hard drive crashes there is always a copy stored on the other. The disadvantage is that this often costs a bit and doesn’t give any guarantee that your pictures will be safe if for example there is a fire.
“I save my pictures on external hard drives. The ones I am especially careful with I copy and store as doubles on two separate hard drives so that I have a back up if one doesn’t work,” says Mattias Wenblad.
The most secure option is to keep the different hard drives in different places, just in case for example you have a fire in your home.