Verbatim PhotoSave DVDs

Verbatim PhotoSave DVDs

Cool Yule Rating: 4 stars

Price: $10 (for 5-pack)

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Description: If you've got a lot of photos stored on your PC and you want to provide a fast and easy way to protect them, then check out the Verbatim PhotoSave DVD package of discs. These discs (they come in packs of three or five) include automatic backup software that will copy photo files from a PC onto the DVD itself. The software lets you do this automatically, or you can pick and choose which folders / files to back up. The software lets you know how many files you're copying, and, more importantly, how many DVDs you'll need in order to make the backup. When you click the "Record" button, it saves the copies and burns the photos onto the DVD.

The system does require a DVD writer optical drive – that was one downside when I discovered that my main work computer, the one where I had a lot of photos that I wanted to save – only had a DVD reader drive. I had to use a portable storage drive to copy the photos over to a second PC that did have a DVD burner, so there was a small glitch in that plan. Also, the DVDs don't work with Mac OS X systems, hopefully Verbatim will fix that or offer Mac-specific DVDs.

The process worked like a charm – the cool part now is that I can send a copy of all of my kids' photos to my Mom, rather than having to send over prints or e-mail a bunch of photos. It's all on one handy DVD.

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