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  1. External storage device

    From all that have provided their lessons-learned, current and past external storage devises, I thank you. As for 'the cloud,' I am not willing to 'pay' monthly fees to maintain off-sight storage...I am captive to their system...that removed 'the cloud' from consideration. I have more than a passing appreciation of U.S. Military Standards for the manufacture of electronic devises for Dept. of Defense (specifically, signal/crypto equipment) and other federal alphabet agencies. Once U.S. Mil-Standards are part of the product, costs go up and selection goes down...Mil. Std. is how DOD gets to pay for $250 toilet seats and hammers. The largest Mil. Standard storage devise I worked with was called CAMIS (Continental Army Management Information Systems). There were several nodes of this system in the United States (don't remember if any were overseas) that tracked all DOD FSNs (federal stock numbers for everything in the DOD inventory worldwide. The node I dealt with had at least 6-stacked pods and each pod had 24-phosphers bronze spinning disks kept in a halon gas protected room). Way back in the last century, my problem of secure storage of photos was relatively easy if I only had access to alphabet agencies systems. All in all, everyone's reply not only helped me to further my homework but helped others who read and or thanks. Cheers to all, Paul
  2. External storage device

    Dear Alex, Thank you for the tip on checking my computer's capabilities in accepting whatever external storage unit works for me. I will also have to research 'the cloud' as Laurin has discovered 'the cloud' is the latest and greatest external storage site. Cheers, Paul
  3. External storage device

    Dear Laurin, Thanks for your extra efforts with this issue...everyone who has replied and read what has been posted is better for it. I will now GOOGLE the 'cloud' and see what might work for my image storage. I know-of the 'cloud,' but that is the sum total of my knowledge. The "How-to" and "What does it offer" is my next task. Laurin, looks like you have your work cut out for yourself. And, here I am 'frustrated' with having merely 33,000 Kodak slides gathering dust plus a drop in the bucket with files on my hard drive compared with what you are about to do. Laurin, you have helped more than myself...everyone who is following these posts is the wiser. Now, I am off to GOOGLE the 'cloud.' Thank you. Cheers Paul
  4. External storage device

    Again, my thanks to all who have taken the time to help me figure out the type of external storage device will work best for my current and future needs. While cost is part of this research, it is not the driver...reliability (failure rates for 'spinning' devices with 'moving parts' for example weigh heavily in my evaluation in being able to recover the data w/o disassembling the drive to retrieve the disk) and fidelity are at the top of my list of important technical items given a TB capacity (4 to 6TB) suitable for what I currently have on dual-layer disks and in my PC's 3 TB hard drive plus future needs. Mandritoiu, you introduced a new item to me...Sans Digital TowerRAID TR5UT+B - 5 Bay USB 3.0/eSATA . I'll have to GOOGE it and read what it offers different from the WD and San Disk products. Again, my thanks to all you are helping me. Cheers, Paul
  5. External storage device

    Dear Alexlky, I thank you once again for helping me with the search for a reliable and durable external storage device...Laurin is correct in stating "not if, but when" drives fail and usually at the worst possible time. I am still mulling over the idea of getting several 'spinning' disk storage devices or solid state devices at 4 TB each and divide my slides into two storage files. I have not looked at Carbonite that Laurin noted as one of his storage files. I sent Carbonite an inquiry email but they did not reply. My rough math on converting +- 400-dual layer disks with 7+ GB of images (about 40+ images per disk) equates to about 2,800 GB or 2.8 TB. In planning for future needs, at least 4TB will work. Again, my thanks for taking the time to help me with this decision as I am truly out of my element. Cheers, Paul
  6. External storage device

    Dear Alexlky, Thank you for the tip. I'm still doing my homework on the topic. I have approximately 33,000 35mm slides...most have been digitalized into TIFF with 150 to 250 MB each...that is a sizable file. Cheers, Paul
  7. External storage device

    For all who took their time to reply, thank you. I see most (all?) use 'spinning' type external storage drives and 2 to 4 TB capacities...did any of you look at or try-out the Solid State Drives (SSDs) and if so, any opinions? If not, any opinions of Solid State Drives as an external storage device i.e. better-that, equal-to, or worse-than a 'spinning' disk-type external storage device? The notion that any electronic device with 'moving parts' is bound to fail doesn't exist with solid state my zeal and enthusiasm to avoid the 'moving parts' issue by using a SSD devise practical for storage of huge numbers of images or am I clouding my thinking?
  8. External storage device

    thanks Leonard...with the volume of images involved, I will need more than 4TB. Again, my thanks. Cheers Paul
  9. External storage device

    Hi Leonard, Thanks for the prompt, for my uneducated questions: 1. Is WD My Passport drives a solid state device or a 'spinning disk' device? I called up WD MY PASSPORT ULTRA and I still don't know if it is an SSD or looks like an SSD but I didn't find any text to that effect...or, I didn't recognize it. 2. Do you have a WD My Passport and if so, any opinions on its abilities? 3. I have been advised that a 'spinning disk' external drive has the same sort of problems as a computer disk drive when it fails due to 'moving parts'...getting the data off the 'failed' drive...that is, dismantling the 'disk' from the drive and then recovery of the data.
  10. External storage device

    Question: Has any contributor looked into an external storage device for their images and if so, did you decide on a solid state device (SSD) or a 'spinning' disk device? What storage capacity did you select? I am looking for an 8tb device at a minimum at this moment subject to what contributors advise...any lessons learned in your search? I have several hundred dual-layer disks holding about 7.8 GB of images (about 40-images per disk with each image at TIFF 150 to 250 MB each) that I want to store in an external device in addition to the storage on the disk. Plus, transferring 320+ image files from my computer's hard drive to the external device. This topic surely has been asked but I didn't find any on the hardware forum that was current. If anyone knows where this topic has been discussed, please advise. If you have been there, done that, please jump in the discussion. Cheers Paul
  11. No Sales/Ни одной продажи

    Dear Vadzim, Your portfolio is small by comparison with others who contribute images of a child doing what a child does. Be patient. Add more images. Scroll through Shutterstock and look at what your competition is doing...then, contribute images that are unique to what is already available. Lastly, 'key words' help buyers find your work so improve your 'key words' for your images. Learn from your rejections from Shutterstock. Hope this helps. Cheers Paul
  12. Increasing portfolio, average downloads/months still the same

    Dear Matteo, Suggest you turn your camera towards other subject matter versus 'rock textures' even if they are your best seller. Scroll through Shutterstock and see what your competition is doing...are your images a small fish in a big pond or a big fish in a small pond? Suggest you branch out and take some 'people in the scene' images...facial shots require 'releases' so add people doing what people (including children) do at parks, open air markets, etc. Hope this helps. cheers paul
  13. How to submit image with oil filter on

    Dear Maxo-Plus, Question: What was your purpose to use the 'oil filter' in the first place? The image w/o any manipulation seems to be worthy in its own right.
  14. Rejected Images Advice

    Dear Pat, First of all, welcome to Shutterstock. I agree with the reviewer...out of focus is out of focus...images that get rejected for this reason cannot be fixed. If you are using a 'filter' that makes the image 'soft' then say so in the description. As for the remain images, the tiger can be describes as 'captive' and submitted as an editorial. The old car can be submitted as editorial as it is a recognizable brand.
  15. Some constructive feeback

    Dear Rohit, First of all, welcome to Shutterstock. I opened your portfolio and I would suggest you work on your key word selection and description of your images. Scroll through other contributors for the same area you took the images in your portfolio and see what others use in their 'key words' and description. Your key words and description need to tell a story as Laurin would note...your images do not tell the buyer what they are seeing...simply saying herd of cows lacks 'story telling.' Same for your description of 'a temple.' Where is the temple, how old, etc. Lastly, why would a buyer select your images and not your competition's image? Need to make your images unique from your competition. Your images seem to have a sepia color tone. Are these images from a cell phone? Hope this helps. Cheers Paul