Online Photo Storage with Dropbox


Another day, another announcement, another online photo storage service is shutting down. Yesterday it was Everpix. Today it’s  Linea.

If you’re going to rely on online storage, my recommendation is to pick one of the larger services, such as Dropbox, and even then I would also keep an additional backup on an external hard drive. Dropbox offers 2GB, with the possibility for more if you meet certain requirements. Like other services, Dropbox will sell you more storage if you need it. While nothing is guaranteed, Dropbox seem more likely to last than some of the smaller, less well-known photo storage sites.

If you’re interested in a Dropbox account and you don’t have one, please let me know, since I get an additional 500 MB storage for every friend who joins Dropbox.



About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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6 Responses to Online Photo Storage with Dropbox

  1. Barrie Perrottino says:

    what is your opinion about Mozy or Carbonite?

  2. Mark Mizen says:

    I have concerns about Carbonite (see below) and am not familiar with Mozy.

    Teresa Holmes Taylor:
    Yes, I did. My EHD failed and Carbonite failed to back up many of my files I had stored on it. They told me they delete anything after 60 days if they can’t read your device. What?!!! Delete anything when my device is failing and I don’t know it. What is their service for anyway? I had those files on the EHD for months and months and they deleted them. They changed their story after I posted it on their facebook page. Said they didn’t have the files because “their server wasn’t communicating with my device.” But like I said, many of those files had been there for months. They had files that had been there as long as some of the files they didn’t have. I have not renewed and am now using a company called Crashplan. In fact, to give you an idea of how much trouble people are having with Carbonite, Crashplan was offering a deal at the time for a year free to customers switching from Carbonite. And many places I have posted about my experience have elicited other bad stories. And you should see their facebook page. Many, many, many dissatisfied customers.
    September 11, 2013 at 7:47pm

  3. Laura says:

    You have to differentiate between online backup and cloud storage. Dropbox clearly is a cloud storage service and should not be considered for backup purposes. Photo storage should not be left with either medium instead it should be a combination of both offsite (for example Zoolz) AND on site on an external hard drive

  4. Pingback: Back-up with Online Storage | All About Images Blog

  5. Kristeen says:

    I’d love to know why CrashPlan didn’t work for you. I recently switched from Carbonite to CrashPlan because after 6 months, Carbonite still hadn’t completed the backup of my PC and it was merely a new machine but they had no way to port my backup from my old laptop to the new laptop without re-backing it up.

  6. Hard disks, Pen drives etc were considered as one of the best option to store your data, document, photographs etc. But with the invention in technology online storage has replaced them. Dropbox, Google drive,open drive etc are some best options to store data.

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