Sorting through my photos is a bit like an Archeological Dig... as I upgraded computers and operating systems, I'd move the photos from one computer to the next.
BUT.. not necessarily in a consistent manner!
So scans of family photos, photos I took for the web site, photos of the same name.. but resized...etc. are littered all over lots of different folders on lots of different computers. I'm searching for the originals.. (and definitely don't want to save a resized watermarked photo instead of the original)
I'm slowly bringing order from Chaos
Chances are your photo are as well "organized" as mine.
So.. my project for you? Gather all those valuable photos into one place on your computer, and then back it up multiple times (and rotate the backups and take them off site, or to an online server)
You'll be glad you did.
We have lots of "stuff" in our home.. but just about the only things irreplaceable are the P's
and of course