For a digital photographer, the need for extra storage is an inevitability. The laptop or whatever other computing device one uses is never the best solution, neither is it enough. Moreover, if the computing device goes kaput, you are at risk of losing all your life’s images.
It is an irreparable loss and an unnecessary risk too. After all, with external storage becoming cheaper than ever, there is no reason why you should continue to store your images on your computing device.
A basic storage mechanism should consist of at least two external hard drives and an optional cloud storage option in the mix. The two local drives should mirror each other with the third cloud storage option as an optional backup for those who prefer to have the maximum fail-safe storage option at a minimum price. But beyond this kind of storage should also include a healthy backup policy.