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Picture Keeper Automatic Photo Backup Device

Protect your irreplaceable photos — simply and easily (Holds up to 4,000 pictures)

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by Tara W.

These days, you're far more likely to have photos stored on your computer than have negatives hidden in a box or printouts to hold onto your memories forever. Picture Keeper makes it easy to back up the images on your computer so you'll have a second copy of all your irreplaceable family photos.

The Picture Keeper is extremely easy to use, too. Plug it into a USB port on your computer and with one click, it searches for photo files and creates a backup copy. After you've added more pictures to your computer, connect the Picture Keeper again and it'll back up just the new photos without creating duplicates of your older photos. This is a great way to preserve memories for years to come.

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Highlights:

  • 4GB storage holds up to 4,000 photos
  • backs up photos stored on your computer
  • automatically finds JPEG images on your computer
  • use advanced settings to find TIFF, RAW, MOV, and other files
  • can be used with multiple computers
  • required operating system: Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows XP, or Mac OSX
  • 2-11/16"L x 11/16"W x 5/16"H
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • 4 GB Picture Keeper USB flash drive (with removable top)
  • Information Guide

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Features

Overview: The Picture Keeper is a USB flash drive for storing digital photos. It contains software that locates your photos on your computer and makes a backup copy of them. It keeps track of which photos have been stored, and copies only the new photos you have added or modified since the last backup. The Picture Keeper can be used on multiple computers, including Windows and Mac OS.

Ease of Use: The Picture Keeper is simple to use. There are no cables to connect or software to download. The software is built-in, and works automatically when you plug the Picture Keeper into your computer's USB port. The Picture Keeper is USB 2.0 and 1.1 compliant.

Storage Capacity: Based on an average size of 1 MB per picture, the Picture Keeper can store the following number of pictures:

Picture Keeper Model Number of Pictures
PK-4* 4,000
PK-8 8,000
PK-16 16,000
PK PRO 250,000

*this model

Compatibility: The Picture Keeper is compatible with the following operating systems*: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X (v10.4.11 or later). Other requirements include 512 MB minimum RAM and a USB 2.0 or 1.1 port. Out of the box, the Picture Keeper backs up JPEG files on your computer. Advanced options are available to allow you to backup other file types, such as TIFF, RAW, and MOV.

* Not compatible with Linux operating systems.

Backup Time: Initial backups can take extra time, from approximately 15 minutes for up to 1000 pictures to a couple of hours for up to 8000 pictures. Subsequent backups will be shorter.

 

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Comment by Ralph Graves Staff Writer - Creative,

Thumbs up for this thumb drive

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 2/20/2012 2:34:00 PM

The Picture Keeper is more than just another thumb drive, as I soon discovered. Its software is specifically designed for photo backup, and it performs that task well.

All I had to do was plug the Picture Keeper into my computer's USB port, then opened up drive's window. I selected "Start Backup" and the Picture Keeper copied as many of my photos (and their folders) as it could hold.

This is a great solution if you don't have a lot of hi-rez images on your computer. Transfer is fast. When its done, you can run slideshows from the Picture Keeper, or plug it into another computer and copy your photos.

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5 out of 5

picture keeper

Written By MayG, Piscataway, NJ on Tuesday, December 25, 2012
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This is a really useful gadget to guard our precious pictures
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5 out of 5

QUICK QUICK QUICK!!!!

Written By Christine, Ephrata, PA on Sunday, December 16, 2012
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This is a really neat little gadget!! And Crutchfield had the best price (outside of Groupon, but I am still waiting on my product to be delivered - it's been three weeks!!!!) and I had it within two days from Crutchfield! I will totally order from you all again!!!!! Thank you for keeping your prices low, shipping on time and great customer service!!
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2 out of 5

dissapointed

Written By Hawker, Parsons, Ks on Sunday, January 29, 2012
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Dissapointed -it says can be used on multiple computers, but what it doesnt say is that it starts over and counts all the pics on the new computer, even the duplicates. So best to stay with one computer.
Pros:
seems to work
Cons:
counts the duplicates on the other computer as new. Small and wont hold many high pics taken with higher better MB cameras
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Picture Keeper

Written By Chuck L., Fishers, Indiana on Friday, January 27, 2012
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A very simple product with a simple solution to preserving your photos and videos. Very easy to use and offered in sizes to suit everyone.
Pros:
Easy of use. Effective. Unloads overloaded hard drives if you wish.
Cons:
Small enough to loose. Needs more detailed manual.
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Picture Keeper 16G

Written By Carol, KS on Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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I purchased the picture keeper and to my disappointment it didn't work. I called Crutchfield and the rep said they would send me a replacement; which they did; the second one seems to be working just fine. I am pleased with it and would recommend anyone getting the product. I would suggest (I also purchased an 8 gig) to spend the extra and get the bigger picture keeper.
Pros:
Convenience
Cons:
Haven't found any
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Picture Keeper Auto Photo back-up device

Written By Jeff B, Brimfield,Ma on Sunday, January 22, 2012
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Simple to use with a great price. Keeps treasured memories safe from loss
Pros:
Compact and ease of use
Cons:
None
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1 out of 5

Didn't work

Written By Ken, Tampa,Fl on Thursday, January 19, 2012
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Never could get it to work. Am keeping it now just as a picture USB but have to manually load pics just like any other flash drive.
Pros:
High priced usb drive
Cons:
Doesn't work
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5 out of 5

Picture Keeper Automatic Photo Backup Device

Written By Tom B., Branson, MO on Saturday, October 22, 2011
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Excellent product. The value of this product is further enhanced by its ability to back up photographs stored on multiple computers in the household.
Pros:
This product was so easy to use and did exactly what was represented. The ease and effectiveness to back up priceless photographs is of enormous piece of mind.
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4 out of 5

Good concept!

Written By CatherineM, Charlottesville VA on Friday, August 26, 2011
 
I used Picture Keeper on 2 Mac computers. It stores pictures from files perfectly and as far as I can tell, it does not duplicate photos. Which is the design of the product! I wondered if if would collect video and iPhoto's. I did! The only challenge was it did not keep the files I created in iPhoto, it categorized the pictures by date imported. That makes it difficult to search for the photos I want to pull. Assuming Picture Keeper stores photos by "name" just don't change names. I have an older camera (Megapixels 8) and the 4GB stored approximately 2300 photos. Over all, a good product!
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