Keeping original scans

My original DNG scans from vue scan are taking up a lot of space on my hard drives, after countless rolls, it’s amounting to near 100gb. is there a point to me keeping the original DNG files or should i delete them. i keep the edits obviously but i am torn.


I would never throw away my digital negatives - you could always go back to the original negatives (‘real’) but every time you manipulate these you risk damaging them.

hope this helps,


Why not transfer your DNG’s to an external drive.
They are relatively inexpensive these days.
Amazon for example have a 1TB hard drive for (UK) £40
Also plenty of space for other back ups.

Fully agree.
Personally I keep both the scans straight from my scanning software, as well as the DNGs in my Lightroom catalogue.
Hard drives are relatively cheap, but of course you need a good back up system

100GB? That’s $3.50 worth of space on a $70 2TB hard drive! Storage is cheap, film is expensive, art is priceless.

I am guessing you are using a laptop of some kind? If you are on a desktop, get a 3.5" internal hard drive and call it a day, otherwise get something like a 2TB external drive (amazon US link). Keep your LR “catalogue” on your laptop, keep the DNGs and/or TIFFs on the external HDD, export JPEGs to your laptop for use elsewhere.