Best way to keep digital photos safe

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This post is sponsored by SanDisk

Close to this time last year we had the most fabulous time in America on our first major overseas family holiday.  But wouldn’t you know it, my camera broke on Day 1, so we were reliant on our phones to capture all our photos.  In a way this did have its perks; I didn’t have to carry a heavy camera around and I wasn’t always behind the camera as the kids took photos on their phones too. The problem here is that the kids only have a small amount of storage on their phones and to make room they had to delete some photos. That’s hard, as I know myself I find it difficult to delete photos.  I have a crazy amount of photos on my phone.  However, I’ve recently been introduced to a nifty device – the iXpand Flash Drive. It frees up space on your iPhone or iPad and does a few extra really cool things too, like back up social media photos!

I actually wasn’t aware that things like this existed.  If I knew I wouldn’t have gotten the kids to delete photos. The iXpand Flash Drive is designed to save space on your iPhone or iPad by easily giving you the ability to transfer photos and videos.

My youngest recently had some trouble with her phone. She forgot her password, attempted it too many times and it disabled her whole phone. We tried various different ways to get the data back, but sadly we couldn’t.  And, as much as I am particular with backing up my phone, I wasn’t diligent enough and haven’t backed the kids’ phones up since before our holiday. Sadly, she lost all the family photos (no they weren’t on iCloud, don’t get me started).  She was absolutely devastated, as was I for her.   So many beautiful memories lost. So now she’s filling her phone up with new memories and we’ll be using the flash drive to make sure she doesn’t lose them again.  Here’s a recent photo of the two of us, she’s growing up so quickly.

The SanDisk iXpand flash drive works seamlessly with Mac computers, PCs, iPhones and iPads.  You can also easily play movies and music on your iPhone directly from the flash drive so you can free up space on your devices. It’s so small and easy to carry around in your handbag so you can use it on the go if needed.

3 easy steps to use the SanDisk iXpand mobile flash drive

  1. Plug the iXpand flash drive into your phone
  2. It will guide you to download the free iXpand Drive app from Apps Store
  3. Copy photos and videos to the drive

Plus, by activating the Automatic backup function, you also have the option to automatically back up all your photos and videos from your devises camera roll, Calendar and Contacts whenever it’s connected.  So all you have to do is plug it in, wait for a couple of seconds and then you’re done!

As an added bonus, and I REALLY LIKE THIS FEATURE, it backs up your Google Photos (Picasa), Instagram and Facebook accounts and you can even backup photos that you were tagged in that aren’t on your account. A friend of mine got her account hacked recently and lost all her photos, so this would be a great backup to have on hand for such cases.

Visit this page here to read more and find a local stockist near you.

Having a flash drive that works with your iPhone is a great little accessory to pack with you on your holiday in case you have a situation similar to us!

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20 comments

Sue Dyne October 30, 2018 - 6:39 AM

Hi Kat!
That iExpand Flash Drive sounds great. I have a few questions for you.
1. Does it take all your photos off your phone? I’d be lost if I couldn’t just scroll back and show people photos that go with whatever memory I was sharing!!
2. Or does it just back them up like an external storage device, so you have everything saved in case you need to delete from your phone (or worse).
3. Is there a way you can copy them off the device onto a non-Apple (Windows) laptop or computer?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 30, 2018 - 9:06 AM

Hi Sue, it’s awesome isn’t it!! I completely get it, I’d be lost without my photos too, I enjoy looking back. It copies your photos and once copied it gives you 2 options. 1. Do not delete 2. Delete (so you can free up space on your phone).

Yes, after you have copied the photos from your phone you can plug the iXpand flash drive into any device that has a USB connection, mac desktop, laptop, windows etc. It’s very versatile.

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Sue Dyne October 30, 2018 - 2:20 PM

OMG – awesome!!!!
I’ve seen things like these before but was worried that they were “too good to be true”. It’s reassuring to have a recommendation from someone whose opinion I can trust. Thanks for continuing to help us.

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Sylvia October 30, 2018 - 9:59 AM

Hi Kat,
I had absolutely no idea such a thing existed either!! Thanks so much for this post – love your work!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 30, 2018 - 12:53 PM

Neither did I, isn’t it a brilliant idea!!!!!

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Nicola October 30, 2018 - 10:23 AM

That’s a great little device, I’ll be going to get one asap, thanks Kat. I currently have 1000s of photos on my phone. My laptop is too full to take any more. I send them to the cloud but another way to backup would be good. The other thing is to print some of what I have, but that’s another job altogether! How will our kids cope with this volume of photos after we are gone? Crazy thought.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 30, 2018 - 12:55 PM

LOL I took my phone to Kmart just recently to try and print some photos, but because I have so many, like an embarrassing amount, I never delete images, it was taking crazy long to connect to my phone, I could put them on the iXpand and then just insert it into the USB at the Kmart booth. Easy!!!

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Stacey October 30, 2018 - 10:56 AM

This is brilliant! How did I not know this existed! I recently upgraded my phone and realised just how many images that I hadn’t backed up onto my laptop. They’re in iCloud but it’s not very easy to download them from there in bulk. This looks like a great solution and another way to keep those photos stored safely. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 30, 2018 - 12:56 PM

I feel there are so many memories on the phone, I am heart broken for my poor daughter who lost all her photos. But this is a great way to keep everything safe!

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Roz McLarnon October 30, 2018 - 1:02 PM

Hi Katrina, Great idea for the backing up of photos etc. So I assume that works on Samsung phones also yes.!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 30, 2018 - 1:44 PM Reply
Nancy October 30, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Hi Kat, this sounds fabulous!!! Does it only work om Apple products or would it work on Samsung too?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 30, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Hi Nancy, this one is for Android phones, it’s similar 🙂 https://www.sandisk.com.au/home/mobile-device-storage/ultra-dual-usb-drive-3

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Nancy November 13, 2018 - 8:42 PM

Thank you Kat

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Tanya November 4, 2018 - 3:42 PM

Hi. I would love a non cloud solution & this sounds great!! I tried something that I thought was similar a couple of years ago but it didn’t work. It seemed to struggle with the volume. As I have almost 3000 photos & 300 videos, does it take a long time to back-up the 1st time? Thank you.

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Jen November 4, 2018 - 8:36 PM

This looks awesome. I have learnt the hard way not to rely on iCloud it failed me badly and I lost precious memories. I now use Google Photos to back up and try to regularly back up to my PC but another easy way to backup would be great. Definitely going to look for one ASAP.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 8, 2018 - 3:02 PM

i know, pays to have a different backup than icloud sometimes!! you can get them at office works or harvey norman 🙂

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Melissa November 7, 2018 - 10:04 AM

Does it save it as the original quality ?

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Leah November 11, 2018 - 8:44 AM

Where do I buy this from?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 12, 2018 - 9:37 AM

you can get it at Harvey Norman or Officeworks 🙂

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