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OneDrive User? Take Action Now or Risk Losing Your Photos

If you use OneDrive for automatic backups for photos and documents, you better move fast to clean up your files. Per Microsoft, come July 13, the storage limit is reduced from 15 GB to only 5 GB. If you don’t reduce your storage size to under the new limit, your account will become read only. They say you can still access your files, but no more uploading until you get the file size under the 5 GB.

This new limit can put your automatic photo backups at risk.

You have three options to keep your photos safe from loss:

  • Download your photos/files to your computer or external hard drive, and then delete the files in OneDrive to free up space;
  • Pay for additional storage space; or
  • Leave your photos/files there (you have one year to remove them or the content may be deleted) and set up a different auto backup system for your photos, such as Google Photos, which offers an unlimited storage option.

It is getting increasingly difficult to keep up with all the technology anymore. Companies are always changing something: storage limits, storage options, restrictions and even doing away with a favorite application or site. We either adapt or risk losing important parts of our history.

So if you’re a OneDrive user, get to it!

 

Organizing Your Digital Vacation Photos Series-Step 3: Master the Art of Eliminating Picture Clutter

Hello! Glad to see that you’re back and ready to continue with this next step.

To recap, let’s look at what you’ve accomplished so far:

  • Created your working folder structure that will help keep you organized for many years to come.
  • Gathered your devices, copied the photos into a temporary folder and backed it up so the originals are safely tucked away for the short term (in case of any boo boos).
  • You also deleted the photos from your device(s) so you have lots of space again to take more photos!

Wow, that’s a lot. Give yourself a hug for sticking with it. You’ve accomplished what most people don’t even attempt: creating a great foundation for organizing success. You’re on your way to eliminating stress and confusion so you can enjoy your photos the way you want. Kiss guilt and anxiety goodbye!!

So let’s get started. You’ll find this part of the series to be very freeing.

Copy Files to Your Vacation Folder

In Step 1, you set up a 2016 Vacation folder, or whatever else you named it. Mine is named “2016-03 Viking River Cruise.”

Simply COPY the files from your “temporary folder” into the Vacations folder. This is where you’ll do the rest of your organizing.

The “temporary folder,” as previously mentioned, will be there in case you accidentally delete some photos you want to get back (even though you could also retrieve them from the “Trash”). I just find it quicker and easier to grab a file from there versus getting it from the “Trash.” It is also great to have if you want or need to start over during the file renaming step of this series.

Now you’re ready to eliminate picture clutter.

What is Picture Clutter?

It’s what you end up with when you store every photo you’ve ever taken without being selective with them. Do you really need five pictures of a landscape that are nearly identical? A picture of your shoes? Thirty pictures of the same people at the same birthday party? Or a shot of something you have no idea what it is?  The answer is No! Continue reading Organizing Your Digital Vacation Photos Series-Step 3: Master the Art of Eliminating Picture Clutter