I never worked much with photo's on my own PC, but I want to help my parents with managing their photo's on their PC in a couple of weeks. They use Photoshop Elements (but to be honest, for my parents this package is even too complicated... they almost prefer the Vista build-in Image functionality), but the point is this:
They have a lot (a lot) of pictures on their D-:drive, all inside subfolders who exists in the 'My Pictures' folder. They have made a backup on their external harddisk E: of the whole 'My Pictures' folder.
- Compare tool: They changed a lot of subfoldernames now and rearranged (also deleted some) pictures/folders on D:- and now they are not sure if the backup on E: has any photos left there who are not present anymore on D:. They need to compare folders/photo's on both drives: what is the best way/tool to do this?
- Backup tool: My parents are non-savvy computer users and managing folders/files by hand is sometimes even too difficult. Is there a backup tool on the market that makes it easy for them to just click on a button to backup their photo folders?
- Organization: What is the best way to manage your photo-folders? As I said even PS Elements is too complicated for them, so they don't want to use labels/tags and organize it from that platform. They get completely confused if the folders on the harddisk itself do not have any indication what kind of photo's are inside. They don't want to go to 'My Pictures' and see only folders that have the date as the foldername. They want to have an indication which of those folders are about them visiting the zoo in 1833 or the loo recently...
So I was wondering... how do people over here organize their photos? What is the best way to manually manage them on your hard drive? What are the best tools /ways to compare and backup your photo's?
Thanks for any help to us newbies !