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Q From Mel: I started with Picasa and have since converted to Google Photos which I love. I am slowly transferring all of my photos from multiple external hard drives to Google Photos and then deleting them. My concern is the safety of Google Photos in the cloud. Does Google Photos keep multiple copies of my photos. What if something happens to their server facility. Should I keep a local copy of my photos? Is there a convenient way to backup photos after they are entered into Google Photos OR is this unnecessary? Perhaps you have addressed this subject. If so please direct me to it. Thank You
A: Great question! First of all, if your pictures start out on an external hard drive, I see no reason to delete them once you’ve uploaded to Google Photos. Your originals are your best backup.
Google’s servers are replicated in several ways and are very safe and secure … BUT … there’s always something! The danger usually comes from us users mistakenly deleting stuff. Or there can be messups with accounts. Truly lost photos are getting rarer and rarer – I generally trust Google to keep all of my photos safe. But, just in case, I want extra copies of my best photos. I know my best by the monthly albums I make.
Here’s what I wrote in my book:
Mrs. Geek’s Guide to Google Photos, page 84:
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