|You need a backup plan not a transfer plan. Photos need to be in at least two places or more to be secure. |
CD's are maybe the worst way to save them. CD-R and CD-RW's use an organic dye that goes bad pretty fast in not archival and keep in a secure place.
External hard drives tend to be a good backup plan since they will most likely be usable on the next generation of computers. They also are somewhat good as far as life and reliability. Two of them would be great. I suggest that people use a backup program like ntbackup or other that can store data but a file by file copy would work.
A simple 1Tb or two can be bought pretty cheaply. Some people move up to a NAS that has a raid on it with multiple drives. It is the common way to secure data.
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