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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Picture Keeper

Reported by Susan Reidy

Do you remember film cameras? Do you remember being discriminatory in what you photographed? Yeah, me neither.

Even since buying my first digital camera, my picture taking has, well, what’s more than quadrupled? It’s Christmas, take photos. Birthdays, take photos. New shoes, take photos. The cat looks cute, take photos. You get the idea.

What’s worse than the fact I have thousands of photos, is that they are spread across three laptops. And *gasp* my back up system is virtually non-existent.

Picture Keeper to the rescue! This handy USB plugs into your computer, finds all the photos and copies them. There’s no software to install, and it just takes a few clicks to back up all those priceless (well, most of them) images. It works on PCs (compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000) and Macs (compatible with OS 10.3.x and above, and Linux 2.6 and above), and can be used on more than one computer.

Three sizes are available — a 4 GB that holds up to 4,000 photos; an 8 GB that holds up to 8,000 photos; and a 16 GB that holds up to 16,000 photos. The amount of photos it can store assumes a photo size of 1 MB per image. So in theory, the Picture Keeper may hold less, or in some cases more, than the listed amounts.

If you don’t know what size you need, there are simple steps on the Picture Keeper web site to help you figure that part out.

The folks at Picture Keeper sent me the 16 GB to try out. I opened it up, read the brief instructions (more detailed directions, including frequently asked questions, are available online and additional help is a toll-free call away), and was ready to get started with laptop #1.

I followed the recommendation to delete unwanted images before using Picture Keeper, in order to preserve space. This seriously took me longer than it took Picture Keeper to back up my images. But I had some duplicates and old images that I should have gotten rid of long ago.

After that was done, I plugged Picture Keeper in. This screen popped up and I hit Ok. Laptop #1 is a PC with Windows XP.


On the next screen, I clicked “Start Backup.” From this screen, you can also sign up for a monthly email that will remind you to backup, view the photos on your Picture Keeper, and set up more advanced options (more on that later).


Picture Keeper said it was searching for photos, and then quickly started backing up. On my first laptop, it found 1,030 photos.


It took about seven minutes for Picture Keeper to download all those photos. When it was done, the screen below came up, telling me I still had 88% of my space remaining. That was good news since I still had many more photos to back up.


Once the backup was complete, I took a stroll through the photos now stored on the Picture Keeper. There were still some images I didn’t want backed up, and a few duplicates I missed, so I deleted those directly off the Picture Keeper. I was very excited to see that it had sorted the photos in the exact same way I sorted them on my PC.

Next up was my second laptop, which has most of my photos. It’s affectionately referred to as the “clunker” given its mammoth size and advanced age (for a computer). Picture Keeper told me it found 5,759 images on that machine. The download got through about 1,000 photos and my laptop overheated and shut itself down. Did I mention that I call it clunker?

I wasn’t sure how Picture Keeper would react to a download that stopped mid-stream. Much to my delight, when I restarted the computer, it asked me if I wanted to resume the download. Now, it only had 4,782 photos left to download. This took about 40 minutes, and I still have 57% of space available on my Picture Keeper.

I again scrolled through the images on the Picture Keeper, just to double check it got them all and to see how it would organize images from two computers. It separated the images from each computer into separate files, using the name of the computer as the file name.

Download times are the longest the first time you use Picture Keeper. After the initial download, each time you plug it in, it will only download new images or images that have changed since the last download.

I really like this feature. No longer will I back up files twice, for fear I forgot them the first time around. Picture Keeper will take care of that for me.

I like the flexibility of Picture Keeper — you can keep it simple and use the default settings, or you can go into the options menu and change things up a little bit. For example, you can have it back up different types of files and search in different drives for images to back up.

And, if you actually want to print some of those photos, the Picture Keeper will work in photo kiosks at your favorite developer. There’s even a lanyard, if you want to wear your Picture Keeper. You can also plug it into digital photo frames, and actually look at some of those photos.

Overall, I found this much simpler to use than backing up with CDs, which means I will be more likely to stay on top of those massive amounts of photos. I liked that it found the photos itself, stored them the same way I do on my laptops and could be used on more than one computer.

I feel so much better that I have my photos backed up, especially the ones from that clunker.

Pros:

  • Simple to use, no software to download.
  • Can be used at store kiosks and in digital photo frames.
  • Downloads photos and organizes them the same way you do on your computer.
  • In the options menu, you can add file types and directories.
  • Help is available online and through a toll-free number.
  • Free email reminders to back up once a month.


Cons
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  • You have to clean up your computer first, deleting duplicates and images you don’t want (but you probably should be doing this anyway).
  • There’s no where to write down what images, years, events, etc. are stored on the Picture Keeper. But as a crafter, I’m sure I can find a way to take care of this.

The 4 GB Picture Keeper retails for $29.99; the 8 GB for $59.99 and the 16 GB for $99.99.

*READER DISCOUNT*
10% off the price of any Picture Keeper AND FREE SHIPPING for the Craft Critique readers; enter coupon code PKBFF during checkout!

GIVEAWAY!!
Picture Keeper is giving away a FREE 16 GB Picture Keeper to one of our readers! Leave a comment on any Vendor Spotlight: Picture Keeper post (there will be 2), and tell us how many photos you have lurking on your computer that need backing up! One comment per person, per article, please. Winner will be drawn on Sunday June 6, 2010 at noon CST.

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167 Responses to Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Picture Keeper

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    KyleCMC June 3, 2010 at 7:09 am #

    Being a Digital lover and a techie at heart, I LOVE THIS! I have NO excess pics on my laptop(s) because I scrap them, then back them off to an external hard drive. But that is bulky and not very portable, so this is an awesome option! If I don’t win one, I will be purchasing the 16GB option because I take a lot of pics!

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    patricia June 3, 2010 at 7:15 am #

    I would love this as I’m in the middle of scanning and archiving all the family pictures since my mom downsized to SMALL apt.

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    Ellie A. June 3, 2010 at 7:27 am #

    Oh my.. this might get dangerous… I take pictures EVERYDAY.. yes everyday..Not all of them get printed but they sure are in my laptop. YIKES 🙂

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    Carrie June 3, 2010 at 7:34 am #

    Wow! I heart this! And I need something to help with my photo storage! I recently got married and went on a fabulous honeymoon, so I have TONS of pictures hanging out on my computer. Thanks for sharing and reviewing this product! 🙂

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    PJ June 3, 2010 at 7:44 am #

    Would be nice to always have your photos with you. Love it!!!

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    Kelly Massman June 3, 2010 at 7:45 am #

    What fun! I have well over 45,000 (sad, but true)!

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    Julie Campbell June 3, 2010 at 7:51 am #

    Oh man! I think this was made for me! I have 3 computers loaded with pics and haven’t backed up anything (hiding head in shame). Thanks for letting me know about this! It looks perfect!

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    Elaine A June 3, 2010 at 7:58 am #

    Boy, would I love one of those! My photos are all over my PC, I have scanned photos, photos from my camera and my cell phone. Problem is that I’m not the best at organizing, so they end up in files all over the place. This sounds like exactly what I need.

    Elaine Allen

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    Coffeemomma June 3, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    I guess I don’t see how this is different from purchasing a USB memory stick (thumb drive) and dedicating it for your photos, except for the software…. If you’re just using it for storage anyway why not just buy a memory stick?

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    Patty June 3, 2010 at 8:03 am #

    Thanks for the very informative article on “Picture Keeper”. I’ve heard of it and want one soooo bad! I have pictures spread over three computers – none of which I have backed up! I’ve been scanning old photos to use for scrapbooking and could really use this product to keep them all organized! I don’t know the exact number, but it’s a couple thousand for sure! Thanks for the opportunity to win one!!

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    Jenny Gibson June 3, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    Well my laptop is fairly new so there are only a couple hundred photos. I do have four kids so I am sure that it will change really quickly. That’s a neat product.

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    Robbie June 3, 2010 at 8:12 am #

    What a great item. I love this. I have way too many pictures that need backing up to count. I could really use one of these.

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    Mandy June 3, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    I NEED this soo bad, I have been wanting to back up my pictures. A couple years ago we had a power surge–even with a power strip and I lost a years worth a pictures, it was so sad. I have tried doing it on CD’s but they fill up so fast.

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    Julie June 3, 2010 at 8:20 am #

    What a cool product! i clicked on my properties and it says I have 9,089 photos! Yikes! I need to win!

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    StampinCarol June 3, 2010 at 8:20 am #

    I have so many pictures and try to back them up to my external hard drive, which can be a pain. I’d hate to lose the pictures of our granddaughters, children, family, etc. The 16GB would by my option.

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    sandyh50 June 3, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    Oh my word! I love pictures and keep putting them on my laptop and really need this to back them up and get them off my laptop. I would love to win this.

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    Janet June 3, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    This is a great idea! I have tons of pics on my computer–which I thought I lost a month ago when the computer crashed. It made me realize that I have to do something–this is the answer. I bet I have over 1000 pics!

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    Sonja June 3, 2010 at 8:23 am #

    what a great product. i have thousands of photos on my laptop, desktop and three memory sticks. having them all on one device would be wonderful.

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    Karen Whitney June 3, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    What a great product! I have photos spread out between a PC and a laptop…was thinking of getting an external hard drive to back up my photos, but this sounds so more ideal to have!!! Thanks for the chance to win one!!!

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    Emily S. June 3, 2010 at 8:37 am #

    What a clever product for lazy bums like myself! 🙂 I have about 450 pics that need backed up.

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    Bridget =) June 3, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    Wow, I would LOVE this! I have an external HD and try to backup to an online photo service, but I haven’t been good about that – I am over 1.5 years behind – probably well over 2,000 pics!!! yikes!

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    Silvergirl June 3, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    Great product! I really NEED something like this… I have thousands of photos on more than one computer that I would be devastated to lose. Thanks for a great review!

    lise

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    Laura L June 3, 2010 at 8:46 am #

    This looks very interesting! I don’t even want to guess how many pictures I have on my laptop right now. My goal this summer is to get through all of them and delete the bad ones and then organize and tag them in PSE. This product would be great to back them all up once I’m done!

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    Meg June 3, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    I agree with coffeemomma, why not buy a jump drive for 1/2 the price, or even better, spend the money on increased storage on dropbox.com, an online backup system that is awesome.

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    lenainwonderland June 3, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    This sounds amazing! I have a back-up drive, but I would love to have something just for photos. I am so guilty of having duplicates and needing to sort through my pictures to the point that picture-taking has become a chore. Maybe this device would help =)

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    Irene Lenihan June 3, 2010 at 9:17 am #

    I would love to have the picture keeper. I take a lot of photos and it takes so many cds to back them up. I think if I had this tool I would be much better about keeping my backups up to date.

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    Erica Hettwer June 3, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    I honestly don’t know but I’m pretty sure I need at least two of the 16gig picturekeepers! LOL!

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    Patchi June 3, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    This is awesome! I need one (or two)!

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    Melanie June 3, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    I so need this. I don’t have a clue how many photos I have. This would be such a great way to keep them all together!

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    Sharon June 3, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    OMG i have got to get two or three of these. I took my father in laws slides he was 94 when he died and I have over 5,000 of them on one computer, then two other computers one has over 5,000 of my grand daughter on it and my new computer I’m at 2,500 since my daughter got me the computer for a thanksgiving present. I take way to make pictures thanks for the chance.

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    Katherine June 3, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    I would love to have something like this. I’ve been using a portable hard drive but found out they are not really designed to be portable. They crash!

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    Melissa June 3, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    I have tons of pics that need to be backed up. I bought an external hard drive but it is almost full and this Picture Keeper sounds great because it finds the pictures for you and saves. Because I have a side job/photography hobby- this would be perfect for me!!

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    Vera Matson June 3, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    I’d love to win one of these! I’m already backing up on an external hard drive, but I’m paranoid and would love to have a second option available! Any idea on the life expectancy of the picture keeper?

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    Tamara June 3, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    I don’t currently have a back up system (I know, I know) and I think I have about 3000 pictures on my laptop. My husband takes lots of photos too, and has over 5000 on his computer. Also, I recently purchased a portable photo scanner and have started scanning old photos from my parents and grand parents onto my laptop. This would be a great way to preserve those memories.

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    Catherine June 3, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    Oh wow what a great product. Would luv to be the lucky winner : )
    I have so many pictures on my laptop we just had to remove all my digi supplies to another computer to make space. This is exactly what I need.
    Catherine

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    Carole RB June 3, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    OMG this is exactly what I need.

    How many pitures I do have on my computer, don’t know. This is a file I have to take care of.

    I cros my finger…and…toes!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

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    Renee June 3, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    wow…what an awesome gadget.
    I have about 3500 pictures that would love to have a backup home.

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    Cassie_lu June 3, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    I have no idea how many pictures I have and am not sure I want to as I also have all of my digi stamping stuff. This sounds like a great way to keep all of that safe.

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    Jennifer H. June 3, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    I would love this I have over 10GB worth of pictures.

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    ansa June 3, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    Omg this is exactly what I need! I’ve already loss so many pictures when my desktop crashed. I was thinking what is the easiest and inexpensive way to prevent that from happening again! I think I have about 2000 already on my laptop.
    Ansa

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    Stampin_melissa June 3, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    Oh goodness, I have no idea how many pictures I have stored on my computer! Way too many that is for sure! One question: I have a thumb drive that I pug into a hub to store all my old photos from my old PC (I now own a Mac). Will the Picture Keeper back up those photos from the thumb drive??

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    Kim June 3, 2010 at 10:27 am #

    That is really cool !! I really need to start backing up my photos! I had a computer that died before and my brother thatnkfully had a friend who was able to retrieve them..

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    Karen Mercurio June 3, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    Thanks for the review…I definitely need one of these. I have tried backing up my photos on cd..but this will be much easier

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    MrsETaylor June 3, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    I’ve definitely gotta have this. It is the one thing that I always think about buying, but never do. Here’s hoping with some serious crossed fingers

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    Mary June 3, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    I lost count of my photos because they keep piling everyday but i guess I have roughly 3000 photos.

    This is a perfect picture keeper, I need space for my hard drive.

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    Anna Denton June 3, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    Pick me! This is exactly what I need! 100’s… 1000’s… Oh, what a relief it would be to have them safe!

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    java diva June 3, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    This is awesome!!
    I have no idea how many photos I have. More than 1,000 and less than my MIL!!

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    Cherie P. June 3, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    This is something I REALLY need! I haven’t counted but probably have photos in the thousands that need backed up!

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    Chelle June 3, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    I don’t even want to think about how many pics I have floating around the desktop and 3 laptops. I’m in the process of scanning some older photos now, and would be really upset if I lost all that work.

    misha_113@yahoo.com

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    Valonda L. June 3, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    What a great product review. I’ve never heard of this before. Sounds like something I need. I don’t even know how many pictures we have…lots…and none of them have been backed up in any way. yikes! My favorite part about it…it sounds super easy. Just what I need.

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    babyjsmom June 3, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    What an amazing idea. I have sooooooooooo many photos about 10,000 that I would love to get backed up in an easy fashion.

    Thanks for the article

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    Shannon Duffy June 3, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    I love that this is so small yet stores so much! I have THOUSANDS of pictures (from 2001 to present) that all need to be put on one computer and backed-up! These are very important moments that if I lost them, I would be devastated! I must start backing up!!! Thanks for the review and the chance to win one!!

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    Bill Oliveira June 3, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    This would be great for my wife to back up all our photos. She is non stop and would be so sad to lose them if the computer crashed. Her last count was around 6780.

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    Lisa M. June 3, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    Wow! You got my attention with the words EASY and FAST! I love that the Picture Keeper can be taken to a photo kiosk for getting pictures printed too. Neat-O!!!!

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    Lisa M. June 3, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    oh, and my photo count? hmmm…best guess..a bazillion or so..

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    gretam June 3, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    Wow..that looks great! Personally I have close to 200,000 pictures on my computer right now. I don’t think I have backed up them in the past six years. Sad really..but this looks like something I could really use! I hope I win!

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    Cherie June 3, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    Picture Keeper sound totally awesome! I have thousands of pics saved on my computer and would be really bummed if my computer were to crash 🙁
    I’ve tried loading them onto a cd but this is time consuming and havent been able to keep up with it. I will definitely invest in Picture Keeper if I dont win one!

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    Savannah O'Gwynn June 3, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    I am guessing on my MAC that I have over 2000 pics…and on my HP laptop….well over 2500….YIKES! I need to back these up soon:) Thanks for the review! Bookmarking the review! THANKS for the chance to win:)

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    Sondramyers June 3, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    I have so many pictures to archive. I cannot even imagine how many. Um, as in I have not scrapbooked my 16 1/2 yr old son yet. After the divorce I put the pics away and when I started scrapping about 9-10 yrs ago I started with what was right there in front of me. I figure I will someday get to those pics that his dad and I took and make copies to scrapbook with. As in the day only 1 pic was developed of each because of funds. So archiving pictures would be so great!!! I have seen this item at archivers and have been curious to know what it does. Thank you for all the great info on what it can do!!! This item would be a great help for me in the future of my scrapping time spent. Thanks!!

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    Jessie June 3, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    I am not sure how many pictures I have on my computer but it is almost ten years worth and I have been eyeing memory sticks! I think I will be headed over to buy one!

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    weedmana June 3, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    wow i wow love the 16 GB i saw thwm on HSN really cool
    Ann W
    weedmana@embarqmail.com

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    Roz June 3, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    I have no idea how many photos we have, it’s a scary thought. I also am so computer illiterate I can’t figure out how to find that number. This sounds like something I could do.

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    Melinda AKA medialady June 3, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    I have over 10,000 pictures. Most of these are backed up to a dual layer DVD which stays in a safe. But this is only from one computer. I have two more just like you that needs backing up so I definitely would love to win this!!!

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    Ann Martin June 3, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    This sounds like it would bring great peace of mind! I have hundreds of pics on my pc and would love to store them safely on a Picture Keeper.

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    Barb June 3, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    I have never heard of the Picture Keeper before this blog. It sound like just the thing that I need. I have tons of pictures on 2 computers as well as my iPhone. I really need to free up some space and this handy dandy thing would do the trick! I save scans of all of my cards that I make as well as everything else that I decide to photograph at the time. Although I may never use the photos, I am sure I would use the Picture Keeper! Thanks for the info. I just love Craft Critique!

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    Maria Getz June 3, 2010 at 11:55 am #

    this sounds fantastic. I have several hundreds on my laptop. Hope I win!! Maria Getz, getzstampin@aol.com

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    H.Tsai June 3, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    I have over 20000 pictures on my computer and it would be cool to win the picture keeper giveaway to organize my photos.

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    billiejo June 3, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    I am so ready for this. Like most crafters, I have thousands of photos and am never sure just where I am at at backing them up. Did I send these to the skywaves, or those to a CD? Do I have two or three folders for “class ideas”? Which computer has the pics I need for the blog? Aghhhhhh! I would feel so much better if I knew every single picture was saved, even if it isn’t organized. I may even need two of the 16’s. LOL!

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    MA June 3, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    What a concept! Would love to have one of these Picture Keeper’s..I have pix on three pc’s, and discs, and don’t have an external or portable harddrive. Thanks for the review and a chance to win. If if weren’t for this great site, I’d never see new products!

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    Denise June 3, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    I have pictures everywhere…on cds on jump drives on scan disks…in the memory of my camera. It would be great to havae them all in one place. I would love to try Picture Keeper out.

    Denise from Chicago

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    Krista Hanna June 3, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

    WOW I love this product, you definitely sold it to me! I am guilty of not being up to date on backing up my photos.

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    PattiM June 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

    I have been waiting for this. Something easy to store all my pictures on… Right now I have 16,200 photo’s in iphoto. I just cleaned mine up last week. That doesn’t count anywhere else on my computer. And you don’t even want to know how many are on cd or dvd. Plus all my digital kits. Would be great to store them on the picture keeper. I would definitely be getting the a couple 16gb picture keeper’s. And think how perfect that would be while on vacation so you don’t overload your laptop.

    Hugs,

    PattiM
    {Pattie’s passion}

    I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!

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    Darci June 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

    I have two coputers with pictures, at least over one thousand. I would love to be able to keep them in one place!! I hope to win one!!

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    Cindy June 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

    I definitely need one of these. I have no idea how many photos I have… easily many thousands.z

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    Anonymous June 3, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    Hmmm… I actually have a pretty good system to back up my pics and I do it pretty regularly, but I love the idea of this because it is so portable and easy to bring to a photo center!!!! I am bout to embark on transferring all of my parents SLIDES (gasp!) to the computer, so this would be awesome!
    Diane
    diane7@rogers.com

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    smahrty June 3, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    Wow, this sounds like a total lifesaver! I have tons of pictures in several places.

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    Mary June 3, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    Oh this is awesome! I so need one of these. I must have at least 10,000 photos(not joking)that could use this type of backing up system. Thanks for the wonderful Critique on this new tool.

    Mary

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    Lynda June 3, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    Wow! what a neat gadget and to have all my pics in one place. That would be great! Please enter me in the drawing.

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    dazey June 3, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    I looove this!

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    Laura Solkey June 3, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    Funny you should post this today as I am looking for a flash drive for just this purpose!!! Awesome!

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    Julie June 3, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    That looks like an awesome little device, one we could all use…thanks for the chance…
    Julie

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    Scrappy Rat June 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    I have thousands of photos that need backing up. And I know how important it is to back up since a couple of years ago my husband dropped my computer and corrupted a bunch of my photos. Arrrgh!

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    Lorianna June 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    Oh MY
    What a wonderful product
    Something EVERY computer savey person can use!!

    I have 1000’s of photos on my computer (and who doesn’t)
    Toooo many to count !!!
    This would be perfect to open up some room on my computer

    Thanks so much for the give away!!!!

    Hugs
    Lori

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    Annie Wolfe June 3, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    Wow, what a handy, useful item to have for all those 6,000 plus photo’s I have on 3 computers!!
    I love that it is portable, and doesn’t need software!
    Annie rayandannw@yahoo.com

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    Cherie June 3, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    Oh my gosh! This sounds wonderful! I probably have over 4000 pictures on my computer and I don’t know how many DH has on his! Many photos of our granddaughter and many nature photos that we love to take. I’m also in the process of scanning in family photos for an ancestry album. This would come in so-o handy! Tks!

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    Sandy June 3, 2010 at 1:21 pm #

    Oh dear, between 2 laptops and my pc, I have over 7,700 photos!

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    Samantha T. June 3, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    This is a fantastic idea!

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    Anonymous June 3, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    I have over 150 CD’s of photos and have run out of room to store them in an efficient manner! The Photo Keeper sound wonderful…yes, WONDERFUL!
    Jan Castle

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    Susan June 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    Oh my! What a great idea. Love that it’s so small….better to use than a back-up hard drive.

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    Sharron aka Sharrahug June 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    Oh this would be great for me. I have tons & tons of pictures to backup since I’m a mother and a grandmother.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Candy June 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    This is like a dream come true. I don’t back up my pics because they’re everywhere and it would take me days to get them all in one place. Now this little gadget is willing to do all the work for me. I’ve got at least 1000 it can start with.

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    Angel June 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    I have to admit, I’m a picture fanatic. I take pictures of everything and everyone. My backup system is not what it should be. I keep forgetting to do it. Then I get so many that I think what why bother. I think this is a revolation for picture fanatics everywhere. Thanks for giving me a chance to win one.

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    loyaz June 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    wow – this looks like an awesome product and you did an excellent job of explaining it. Thank you
    DianeL
    loyaz1@wbhsi.net

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    jackie June 3, 2010 at 1:44 pm #

    holy cow~~~ fabulous! how many pictures do I have lurking on my computer? only my computer knows! pick me pick me I really need this technology and would be thrilled to win!!!!

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    Anita June 3, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    What a neat tool.

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    Carry June 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    I so want and need a Picture Keeper please! This sounds so awesome. I can’t begin to tell you how many pics I have. I take about 300 or more pics every week and end up downloading them onto my laptop, then onto cd’s which can take forever. I have so many pics on the computer and ones I have to scan. I would love a Picture Keeper as it seems very easy to use, will keep my pics in the order I had them, won’t take me long to download the pics, and won’t have a ton of cd’s around. I also love the fact that they will remind me to download my pics once a month and I can get help online or over the phone when I need it. Picture Keeper, you are the bomb.

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    Lois June 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    This is just what I need to encourage me to back up the photos on my PC. Bought a extra hard drive a year ago to do that task and haven’t even started!

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    Gail June 3, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    Wow this is great! Because of my job, I have thousands at work, and more at home!
    It would be nice to get them sorted into categories, and all in one place!

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    Janette June 3, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    16,000 which is WAY too many!

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    pennyd June 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    I have thousands of pictures on my laptop and I haven’t backed them up!!! I have 6 kids, 2 grandkids (so far), a very handsome husband and an adorable dog! LOL, pictures are over taking my life. I could sure use the picture keeper to make sure I get to keep these memories!

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    Dana June 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    Oh I TOTALLY Need like 5 of these!!! 🙂 Pick me!!! Please!!

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    Karla Anderson June 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    I need one of these! I have about 5,000 pictures on my two laptops. It takes several dvds to back them up. The 16GB would be perfect! Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Amy June 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    Thank you for your review. I had seen these at our LSS, but said, ehh…now I’m figuring I probably need the 16GB, as I’ve got TONS of photos all over the place too.
    You really should rename your site The Enabler!! 🙂

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    Rebecca Ednie June 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    This looks so cool! I have so many photots on my laptop, it is starting to get slow! Hubby suggested an external hard drive but this seems so much better!!

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    Carly June 3, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    I have 20,612 and have NOTHING to back them up! HELP!!!! Would love to win =)

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    In the blink of an eye June 3, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    I love this!! I am tired of Cd’s, Using up space on my computer. I would love to win one!! I will be buying some of these soon Since I have 1000’s of photo’s
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Patzee June 3, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    What a cool idea, to have separate storage for all my photos. Presently, I try to use a new card each year, but those tiny cards get lost so easily. I must have 500 photos on my laptop awaiting a new home. I sure hope I win!

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    renata June 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    I bought the PK as a 3rd backup for my best pictures and love it. I created photo albums with folder names stating with PK, like PK Family, PK Nature, PK Landscape, etc. Picture keeper does identify any new photos added so I just copy or move pictures I want copied into one of my PK folders. It’s a little tricky remembering to go into option to specify the folder names I wanted searched but easily done. (I sometimes forget and just hit backup on the first screen which starts a complete scan).

    My only con is that when I’m at a scrap mania (I specialize in mini-photo albums .. one photo with a companion scrapbook page) I can’t open PK by folder … I lookd through 49 pages of pictures on the scanner at Archivers before I realized I didn’t have the picture I was looking for. I’m hoping there’s a trick to access by folder on an in-store scanner and I haven’t learned it yet. Overall, I’m very happy with the PK4g. Have used to for about 4 months with no problems.

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    dinkuminkum June 3, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

    Oh wow! This is just awesome. I have so many GB of photos and I had no idea where to evin begin to back them up. Now I know exactly what I need. Thank you so much for a wonderfully clear explanation of the Picture Keeper!

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    Rachel June 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    What formats does it store? What about PSD (Adobe Photoshop) photos? Anyway, it sounds like a great idea! Backup is VITAL.

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    Shirley June 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    I would love to have this as i have sooo many photos…too many to count. I have backed some up but haven’t backed up all of them. This sounds like it would be so much easier to use instead of trying to decide which ones to save and delete…really sounds awesome!!! thanks for thr chance to win!

    sfread171@hotmail.com

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    SharonS June 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    The Picture Keeper was an excellent investment! I had to do some jiggling to get it to download only pictures because it *quickly* filled up with digital scrapbooking elements. I love how portable it is and how much easier to use than a CD. How many pictures do I need to back up? Maybe 100 since the last time I backed up :o)

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    Angie... by the June 3, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    What a wonderfull invention! I have well over 50,000 (that is not a typo!) photos on my computer. I need help!

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    dawnaclark June 3, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    PUUUULLLLEEEEZZZZE….pick me! These look so user-friendly unlike a traditional thumb drive would be. Even if I don’t win…I need 2-16g!!
    thanks!

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    Shell June 3, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    Ok that took me about 5 seconds to order one!

    I do backup – my whole computer.. but even so – I wanted another safeguard with just photos… it worries me sometimes… all those digi pics.

    YAYY – I can’t wait now for it to arrive!….

    I would love to win one too though, as I don’t think 16gb is going to be enough GULP

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    paradise45 June 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    This sound awesome!!! I don’t know how many pictures I have but they are taking up 7GB of space. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    betty dallas June 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    omg! omg! omg Would I love to have this. And it would be so easy to use since I don’t keep photos I don’t want… I just want to back them all up. Sure hope I win.

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    Jennifer Moore June 3, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    I’ve been considering different options for backing-up my photos. I took like 1300 photos on a 2-week long trip, so I probably have 20,000 photos

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    Spicey Cat Chick June 3, 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    GREAT review!! Very informative and the photos are a nice addition. I could really use one of these. I’ve been trying to make due with external hard drives (umm, still in the box) and flash drives. I have thousands and thousands of photos on my computers (like you I have 3) and more SD cards and flash drives laying around than I can keep track of. This sounds like a great solution!

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    scrappymood June 3, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    We have lost photos that we hadn’t got around to backing up and thought we had lost important life milestones like the first christmas, birthdays, steps, smiles for my two youngest, luckily we found that my 16 year old daughter had copied them onto her portable hard drive and were able to retrieve them *phew* Good luck ladies, if winning this product prevents anyone else from going through the despair and heartbreak of losing photos it is worth it 🙂

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    ascrappersdream June 3, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    I have so many pictures on my pc and I’m afraid of crashing and losing them all. This is exactly what I need to get my things in order and relax about where my pics are! I need this in my life!

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    Nola June 3, 2010 at 4:28 pm #

    I liked what I read and ordered one! Thanks for being so informative!

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    Anonymous June 3, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    I would love to have this. I have way too many photos to mention. I love taking pictures. I lost many on my old computer and I don’t want that to happen again. This would be ideal for me. No worries.

    Please enter me.
    Charlene
    cmlebel@sbcglobal.net

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    Debra June 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    THIS IS AN AMAZING PRODUCT.
    i HAVE SOOOOOOO MANY PICTURES THAT i HAVE TROUBLE LOCATING THEM ALL.

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    Debbie June 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    I think I have around 2,000 pictures on my new computer and I hardly ever remember to back them up on a disc. geeze.
    I would love one of these and just may go buy one.

    This is one of the best ideas ever.

    thanks,
    Debbie Reaves

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    SherylH June 3, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    This PictureKeeper sounds like a good, “no-brainer” way to back up my pictures; no need to install software which is a big plus. I don’t take many pictures(probably have around 300 on my laptop)but the ones I have are very dear to me and I have them back-upped on a second hard drive.

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    Sequana June 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    Around 170MB of pics on my C drive and the backup drive.

    Whatever that transfers to in numbers…….*S*

    This looks great, and is not that expensive either.

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    esther June 3, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

    Great gadget! I have 13 thousand photos on iPhoto, probably half must be backed up or I’ll be devastated if they are gone. I also need a solution for all the print photos from the pre-digital era

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    Inspiration, Love, Life June 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm #

    As a beginner photographer I tend to take hundreds of pictures and they are saved on my computer. But I save my picture all over the place just in case but i would really like to just have my photos in one location. I am terrible at organizing events and pictures especially when I want to print them for my scrapbook.

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    Lindsey June 3, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

    What a BRILLIANT idea! My husb is really good at backing up his photos. Me… not so much. so this would be a great device for me!

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    Donna Scanlon June 3, 2010 at 6:53 pm #

    Who knew! This is great as I’m can use all the help I can get. I need to get all my photos in one place and this will certainly do the trick.

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    cindymarie1953 June 3, 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    I have 16,000 photos just from our 6 week trip to Mexico. The camera I have has the capability to take 9 in a row, so the fiestas we went to with dancing were awesome to photograph the movements. I would love to own a couple of these! It would be so cool, if my daughters needed some of the photos it would be so much easier than taking my external hard drive to their computer.

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    barbs June 3, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

    What a great idea. I would love to have the Picture Keeper for the hundreds of photos just sitting on my computer.

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    Chris June 3, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

    I probably have 1000 pictures on my computer and would loose them all if my computer would crash. I would love to have on of these “Picture Keepers” to store all of my photos.

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    Carol June 3, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    Wow, this is pretty cool and way better then my I hope system. You know, I HOPE my computer never crashes and I don’t loose all of these priceless pics. I have thousands in hundreds of folders. They are mostly organized but none are stored or archived. I know I’m bad.

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    Susan June 3, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

    Wow! This sounds like just what I need. I have tons of photos as well as saved images for collage and I am horrid at backing up. They aren’t organized well and I don’t back up often because I never know what I’ve done and what needs to be done. I like the idea that this won’t back up anything twice and will figure it out for you! I need this.
    Susan

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    nanapayne June 3, 2010 at 10:08 pm #

    This sounds really neat and I have a lot of vacation and personal photos I need to back up.

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    VStarRider June 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    This is a great idea! I have several hundred pics stored on the “old” computer we just replaced and have been dreading trying to transfer them to this new desktop. Now I know what to do! Thanks!!
    Cindi

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    Nitasha June 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm #

    Oh I would love to try this out! I was just saying I need to triple back up my hundreds of photos and this looks like a fantastic way to keep my precious photos safe! Thank you for the review and info because this is my first time hearing about it!

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    Linda W. June 4, 2010 at 12:21 am #

    I saw this demonstrated at expo by the developer of the product and was so impressed. I have almost 5000 pics on my computers and love the ability to run to the photo kiosk to print photos when my own printer in low on ink. It fills a need scrapbookers have had for a long time.

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    Joanne June 4, 2010 at 2:41 am #

    I just love this, is it available in Australia? I am no techno-head and do not know how to back up and desperately want to save my photos before it is too late!

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    Mary June 4, 2010 at 3:39 am #

    Wow, what a great idea and this will make a great christmas gift for my daughter. This is small and compact way to back up pictures that use so much computer space. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Mary

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    Elaine June 4, 2010 at 5:26 am #

    I do a variety of crafts and to have a portable device storing all my craft pics would be great!

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    Lisa G. June 4, 2010 at 6:50 am #

    I can’t even begin to guess how many pics I have stored…LOTS. This sounds awesome!!!

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    chinamomxtwo June 4, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    This looks fantastic!!! I have 8-900 picutres and haven’t printed on paper in far too long–so far behind–
    WOuld be delighted to win!! pick me pick me !!!!!!! :)))

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    cindymarie1953 June 4, 2010 at 9:06 am #

    I have a 500 GB external hard drive that is already half full with my photos, and those of two daughters. Thankfully I had moved oldest daughter’s photos before her computer crashed! I have all my photos through February 2010 all burned to CDs, and almost all of our 16,000+ Mexico photos also burned to CD. This would be an awesome way to keep something special, like the Mexico photos in one place for us to share.

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    Dana June 4, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    What a fantastic idea! now if only I could afford a few of them…lol
    Thanks for the in-depth details here on your experience with the Picture Keeper.

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    rudie2shoes June 4, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    I have thousands that needs to be backed up. I can’t even count!

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    Helen June 4, 2010 at 12:35 pm #

    This sounds like a wonderful product. I would love to win one since I’m sure all my photos are not backed up.

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    Debbie H June 4, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    I have no idea how many pictures I have on the computer, but I know it’s a LOT. I am so excited about this I think I am going to buy one very soon!

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    Lee A. June 4, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    Just what I need! So many pictures scattered in different locations and afraid to delete any in case I don’t have a good backup in a single source. I estimate I have at least 8,000+ photos. Just got a new puppy last week and already 230photos! Would love to win this awesome product!

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    Jeanne June 4, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    This is what I’ve been waiting for…for my mom! She has thousands of pictures on her computer and NONE of them are backed up. She is petrified to try because she is afraid she’s going to delete them. This sounds like it would be perfect for her! Thanks for the great review!!

    jabs777@cox.net

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    Chookarooni June 4, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    Would love to win one of these – try to backup and transfer photos to portable hard drive but it is a pain!Also into genealogy so scan old pictures onto computer to save them for future generations – this will help immensely!

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    Carol Thompson June 4, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

    Wow – I can really appreciate the Picture Keeper. I have some pix on my computer, some on my laptop, would love to have all my pix stored and safe together – and organized, not duplicated. I would love to have this to help me on my quest to clean up and store the pix.

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    Michelle S. June 4, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    OMG I need one of these. with two laptops and two PCs I have hundreds of pictures and there is virtually no back up system. (sigh, I know I am horrible) Add the fact I am into genealogy and scan old pictures frequently this would be wonderful. It would be great to carry to my niece’s house as we often share heritage pictures. It would make sharing so much easier. Yes this is going on my shopping/wish list.

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    Lindab June 4, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    New Technology….LOVE it!!! We are a ‘combined’ family with tons of pictures of multiple generations and experiences. The ‘Picture Keeper’ is the perfect solution to preserve all our wonderful memories!!!

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    Gilda June 4, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    Wow, I love this. I don’t have any idea how many pics I have – lots. Thanks for the give-away.

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    jacki June 5, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    I think that not many people are aware of exactly how many photos they actually have on their computers – when my computer died a couple of years ago (with no back-up – horrors!), I was able to have a friend help retrieve my photos from the hard drive – all 5,000 of them! Who knew? I would have guessed maybe 1-2,000!! But rather than having them stored on a back up drive that I leave in my house, I would LOVE to have one of these little devices to take to crops with me and my little printer – how handy would that be not having to figure out what I want to work on before I go! I hope I win!!! Thanks for the chance.

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    Lisa Bohler June 5, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    This sounds like the perfect solution to my picture problem! I have thousands of photos on my computer that need a new home!!! Love your site…I’ve learned about so many fab products through you!

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    StacyC June 5, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    Not sure how many pic’s I have, but alot is for sure, plus I am adding more as we speak from my son’s graduation last night…

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    baglady June 5, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    I have no idea how many pictures I have- there are a lot of them though. I just started scanning some of my old pictures too- the predigital varitey so I’m adding more every day. This little item looks like a handy tool.

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    Anonymous June 5, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    This product actually looks easy enough for me to use without my husband’s reluctant assistance! I would love it for my relatively small (but precious) cache of photos, probably 500 or so and counting….Molly K. at
    rom-obo@hotmail.com

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    Carolynn June 5, 2010 at 7:56 pm #

    I have over 2000 photos and would be very grateful for one of these. What a great idea!

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    craftymom205 June 5, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

    I have over 5,000 thousand on my computer and over 200 on my camera right now.

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    Wanda H June 6, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    I have a LOT!!! of pictures and would love to have one of these!!!

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    KyleCMC June 26, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    Well… I didn’t win one, so I had to buy it… I am a CM Scrapbook Consultant and an avid picture taker… right now the nifty cool Picture Keeper is backup up my 6900 photos from the external hard drive… a few clicks and it’s on the way! GREAT product, highly recommend it…