Have a gazillion photos? Me too. Got ’em all backed up? Me neither! Well, we BOTH need a Picture Keeper in our lives, then. Built for the low-to-no-tech audience, the Picture Keeper is a USB device that plugs into your computer, searches out all of your photos, and backs them up. No software to install, no expensive drives to buy, just one little USB to make sure that your pics are wiped out forever in the case of a bad system crash.
Disclosure: samples provided for review purposes only. My opinions are honest and my own, and based on first-hand experience with the product. Some links contained in the post are affiliate links.
What you get in the package is deceptively small- a USB drive the size of your pinky finger, a thin instruction pamphlet, and a coupon for prints. However, the Picture Keeper package assured me it was easy, so I just dug right in!
Just to mention my backstory, I have a 6-year-old iMac that has my daughter’s baby pictures on it, and it’s been wonky for a few years now. I was very anxious to rescue those photos and get them securely on to a drive.
So I started by plugging the Picture Keeper into the iMac, and proceeded to launch the program. Except it wouldn’t launch. So I called customer service and got Matt…who happens to be the developer of the PK. (I mean, how often does THAT happen?) After checking out my system specs together over the phone, we determined that the PK doesn’t support that operating system. (I.E, older than dirt, at least in computer years.) I was disappointed, but impressed that the customer support at Picture Keepers was so available (there was only a moment’s wait) and so quick to diagnose my issue.
I moved on to my “work” (Windows-based) laptop. As you can imagine, for a crafter and product reviewer and a mom on top of all that, I have a gazillion photos on my laptop. And they’re everywhere, too….as downloads, in my photo gallery, and on my desktop. Still skeptical at how this was going to work, I plugged in the PK into my USB port.
The next set of screen shots show you how the PK sets up.
So it was clicking along, showing each picture as it was being process. By the way, did you see the number of photos??? 3900+???? Are you kidding me?
As a result, the back up took a while. I was able to check my email and use my computer for other things. About 20 minutes later, it was done!
So now here we are…with 3900 of my favorite photos stored on a USB port for a “just in case” moment. I was curious, so I went into my computer and selected “view photos.” Amazingly, the way the Picture Keeper stores it’s files is exactly the same way they are stored on your computer. I have a strong visual memory, so this is great for me. And the next time I’ll go to backup (there’s a handy-dandy reminder service), it’ll be even easier- the Picture Keeper will only back up my NEW photos. How much do I love THAT? No duplicates!
Do you have a large number of photos that aren’t backed up? Then the PK might be just the ticket for you too!
Here are some handy-dandy stats from the website:
With a PK-16, it’s a snap to save up to 16,000* pictures! And because there’s no software to install, it’s that much easier.
Just insert the Picture Keeper drive into any USB port on your PC, click “Start Backup” and Picture Keeper automatically finds and saves all your pictures. That’s it! They all fit right there on the Picture Keeper drive. What’s more, subsequent backups are fast because Picture Keeper will only copy the newest images when you use it again to save your recently added or changed pictures.
And because Picture Keeper’s software runs right from the USB drive, you’ll be able to easily save pictures on multiple PCs (Windows AND Mac OS) up to the drive’s capacity).
Users can also choose the more “advanced” options which allow you to select additional types of files or directories you want saved.
They’ve got 3 sizes:
- PK4 (holds approx. 4,000 photos) and retails for $29.99
- PK8 (holds approx. 8,00o photos) and retails for $59.99 (note: it’s $49.95 with this affiliate link!)
- PK16 (holds approx 16,000 photos) and retails for $99.99 (note: it’s $69.99 with this affiliate link!)
- UPDATED: PK 36 holds 36,000 photos and retails for $99.00 with this affiliate link!
For those prices, they would make great gifts!
- No complex directions
- Easy to use
- Small & portable
- You can use it on multiple computers
- Small enough to get misplaced
- Could use a keyring (really, I’m scared I’m gonna lose it!)
- Obviously some computers’ OS are just too old. But maybe if I beg, they’ll come up with one to rescue my daughter’s photos!
So there it is. I’m grabbing an extra this holiday season to give to my Mother in Law- I know she’ll appreciate it!
How do you store your digital media? I’d love to hear from you!
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