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Backup+format or buy a new SD card?

I'm assuming that the card is just full and you're concerned about the impact of reformatting it and reusing — not that it's failing to the point where the maximum free space is 1% of what it used to ...
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Back up digital images on travel

It seems like it's harder to find photo backup devices these days than it used to be, perhaps because large memory cards are relatively cheap and pro-level cameras can often use two cards at a time, ...
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Difference between Lightroom Backup and copying .lrcat file?

The Lightroom catalog backup does multiple things, generally: does an integrity check on the catalog (why back up something if it is corrupt), copies the file, and optimizes the running copy for ...
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Backup photographs in the cloud with Telegram?

While this may be a convent transfer mechanism (assuming the app does have the feature of sending unmodified originals without recompressing or downsizing), it is not a backup. Even if Telegram ...
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Why is my Nikon camera writing non-identical files in Dual Cards Backup Mode?

The slight difference in the filesystem timestamp isn't surprising, because that would depend on how exactly the camera's internal operating system writes to both devices at once and the structure of ...
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How to make backups of RAW files from a DSLR without a computer?

My suggestion would be a combo of a second hand android phone with OTG cable. Three main reasons, why an android phone is better than a Raspberry Pi in your case? A second hand android phone could ...
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How to make backups of RAW files from a DSLR without a computer?

I want to know is there an elegant way which does not cost a bomb? One possible cost effective method to increase the number of images you can take and preserve during your travel would be to buy ...
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How can I manage a large image collection over multiple devices whilst utilising the cloud?

It's all about personal preference, but I can tell you about my setup. In my case I have got a desktop and a laptop at home and on desktop in the studio. All these devices should have access to the ...
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I can't find my edited Lightroom photos or catalog after Lightroom crashed. What are my options?

Lightroom is a non-destructive photo editor (see Are RAW files safe from changes?). It means that it never touches your original files (unless you ask it too). So regardless of Lightroom state (the ...
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How do I backup my NEF files as NEF files from my MAC? They automatically convert to JPGs which I don’t want

If by "view and edit them within the Photo directory" you mean you're using the Photos app to open and edit your NEF files, then simply use the File → Export → Export Unmodified Original... ...
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What options are there for good, cheap online backup of photos?

This may be helpful although I already posted this as reply to another question: Google Photos (google.com/photos) offers 15GB free space for "Original quality" uncompressed photos. If you need more ...
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Restoring lightroom files from backups

Catalogs and the Backups Folder The main concept you need to understand here is what a Lightroom catalog is. It's not all your image files in one big file. The Lightroom catalog is simply a database ...
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How to best keep Lightroom catalog backups?

Hence what is the best way to organise catalogs and the relative photos in order to easily being able to work on them when needed? For the Lightroom catalog, set a backup to a Network Storage ...
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How to import photos without duplicates?

Digikam is a cross-platform application that has the ability to import only images that have not already been imported. The feature is confusingly called "Download New". See Using a Digital Camera ...
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Is it better to use the original battery for my d7200 camera or choose an third party replacement is OK?

I have no experience with either of those brands, but I do have some experience with third party batteries (for Canon). In general the ones I have tried are just as good as the original. In the ...
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Uploading RAW files from iPhone using Google Photos

Google photos does not support all RAW formats, and it looks like the Sony Alpha 7iii is not on the supported cameras list Any other files will be converted to JPEG before uploading. If you want to ...
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Should I care about duplicates with different metadata?

There are multiple standards when it comes to photo metadata. EXIF is one type, IPTC IIM/Legacy is another, and then XMP (which includes IPTC Core/Ext). Most of the data in the EXIF block is data ...
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Should I care about duplicates with different metadata?

If you have never used photo editing software with the images the images are all camera generated jpegs(?) and there should not be any major difference in the metadata. In that case the images with ...
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Backup compression that takes into account similarities between images?

A few suggestions: Max out the dictionary size option on the compression tool you use. This allows more internal re-use of common sequences found in the data. It can waste space on a few small text ...
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How do I restore a previous catalog after upgrading Lightroom Classic to v13.2?'

You do not need to revert the version of Lightroom. When LR updates the catalogue it creates a new copy and leaves the old one in place. You simply need to tell it to open the old catalogue (File>...
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My D810 is saving NEF rather than jpgs on secondary slot

The problem is that your camera is only recording RAW images. You need to set the image quality setting to one of the RAW+JPEG options: NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine NEF (RAW) + JPEG normal NEF (RAW) + JPEG ...
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Is it better to use the original battery for my d7200 camera or choose an third party replacement is OK?

Camera maker batteries will usually be of more consistent quality. Third-party batteries tend to be more variable. Even the same brand could have different underlying OEM or design over time. ...
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Backup photographs in the cloud with Telegram?

You don't need a second number to store files with Telegram. You can send to your self any kind of file. There is also an option to avoid compress an image when you send it. The option says: send ...
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Backup+format or buy a new SD card?

It is all a matter of what you need. If it takes a 'long' time to fill up the 128Gb SD card then you might buy a new SD card. If you fill it up quickly then the USB HDD is the way to go. But consider ...
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How to import photos without duplicates?

You could use duplicate finder like Duplicate Photo Finder or VisiPics both works ok, you might find one or another clumsy to work with, but it really depends on your usage of older software.
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When transferring photos from iPhone to computer, is it better to have selected "automatic" or "keep originals"?

"Keep originals" is most likely to preserve the best possible quality.
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How can I make Lightroom always backup on exit without the dialog asking everytime?

Short answer: You can't. Setting an option like this is also not a very good idea for the following reason: Catalog Backup in Lightroom also means "Optimizing" the catalog for faster access on future ...
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How to make backups of RAW files from a DSLR without a computer?

A method I've use in the past was a cheap Android tablet (I bought this one new for £70, but you can probably get a more powerful one second hand a damn sight cheaper) with micro SD card slot and ...
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Lightroom failed external drive

I can help with the disk recovery part as I helped a friend with a similar issue a few months ago. I ended up putting the external drive on a Linux box and using ...
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Lightroom failed external drive

I expect that you'll get a "Lightroom encountered an error ..." message and it will want to quit - it doesn't offer an option to save the catalogue database to alternative storage. If the Mac sees ...
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