Hi all i am an novice at this but getting there just learned how to copy digital photo,s to cd-rw using nero 5.5, well i am happy with result,s , but my pics folder is a big file size would it be better for me to compress it, i really dont want to delete it incase the cd go,s on me and i lose all my photos sorry for being such a novice but i love my pics, window,s xp pro. Mammak
Modern hard drives are pretty vast, and unless you are short of space I don't recommend compressing anything - especially not images. You have a CD archive, so your images are safe enough - the CD's aren't likely to "go" on you unless you mistreat them. The best course of action now would be to move the image files to a separate partition on your hard drive - that way the files will be safe if it's ever necessary to format the drive.
Just one thing. Don't save your pics on to a CDRW they are very unreliable and your prone to unrecoverable errors. Save your pics to a CDR and burn at the slowest possible speed. If you really want to make sure you don't lose your pics then back up your pics to another CDR and store it somewhere separate.
Don't worry Mammak you've probably got a big HD so have lots of space for your pics. Very large files are a bit hefty for my documents but perfectly OK in explorer and viewing on CD is less efficient than keeping files on HD.
If some of your pics are especially valuable to you then suggest you make a second backup copy of these. Also, if you intend keeping these special files to print out from at a future date then you might consider not compressing them at all, I save my most valuable ones in TIFF format It takes up more disc space but you keep all the information and quality.
Those intended for slide shows can be reduced in pixel dimension size before converting to JPEG and so be smaller still.
It really depends on what you want to do with them.
Thanks to all, took note of all you have said and will i think back up and back up again, and again lol, no thank you all,just have some photo,s i dont want to lose i dont think i will now with all your good advice thank,s again, Mammak