A War Photographer's Storage Casualties

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The size and quality of digital photographs has exploded over the last 10 years. So, we asked our friend and war photographer, Teru Kuwayama, how his storage and backup system has changed to accommodate the data boom.

Here's what he said:

"My system for storing digital files hasn't changed. Just more hard drives, and more dead ones. This is the most recorded era of human history, but I wonder how many of the records will survive."

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More a question really, but would a SSD be better to store photos? Or do they eventually die at the same rate as regular drives?