I had the opportunity to test out this clever new way to backup photos called Picture Keeper. It’s basically a USB drive that searches for your photos for you. You plug it into your computer and it runs a scan looking for photos and it’s even smart enough to avoid duplicates. I ran it on my C drive first because I don’t keep very many pictures on that drive. It only took a few seconds and it found 32 images and backed them up.
It also saved a few of my layouts. It did not grab anything from my downloads folder which was fine for me since that is currently filled with digital kits. I did a little looking and found out that it is easy to customize where the Picture Keeper looks for photos. I was excited to see that I could point it to backup a folder on my external hard drive. This is something that is useful for more advanced users, but still very easy to do. It’s important for me to have this customization because I don’t want to use this tool to back up my digi scrapping supplies, just my photos.
My PK4 backed up almost 2,000 photos which I think is pretty amazing. The box says it could save as many as 4,000 photos, but I’m guessing those would be smaller file sizes like phone photos. The ones I backed up were full resolution pictures taken with my DSLR and point and shoot camera. Not bad!
There are other features to access through the website so be sure to check it out. I’m sure you all know how cool I think this part is – a monthly reminder to backup your photos!
This was an interesting little tool to try out. I think it would appeal to someone who worries about backing up their photos and isn’t sure how to be sure all of them are making it onto a USB drive. Also, let me just take this opportunity to remind everyone to backup their pictures regularly. It’s so important!