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    • ChavvyJaneAusten
    • By ChavvyJaneAusten 21st Jul 16, 10:59 PM
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    I would like to scan twenty years worth of paperwork
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    I would like to scan twenty years worth of paperwork 21st Jul 16 at 10:59 PM
    I have an attic full of paperwork I would like to scan. Some is sentimental stuff. Others are work related etc.

    We have a printer with a scanner at home but it does only one sheet at a time

    Scanning things like coursework (still referred to but once in a blue moon) would drive me to tears if done one page at a time and it would never get finished.

    I am wondering if there is some place I can do this or hire a machine. I do not want to pay someone to do it for me.

    Can anyone recommend anything ?
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    • Moneybagsss
    • By Moneybagsss 22nd Jul 16, 2:00 AM
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    • 22nd Jul 16, 2:00 AM
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    • 22nd Jul 16, 2:00 AM
    Your local library may well have scanning facilities. Either that or buy a scanner with an automatic document feeder - there might be an ADF accessory for the printer you already have.

    Have a read of this if you decide to buy one: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2373832,00.asp
    Last edited by Moneybagsss; 22-07-2016 at 2:04 AM.
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    • buglawton
    • By buglawton 22nd Jul 16, 5:58 AM
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    • 22nd Jul 16, 5:58 AM
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    • 22nd Jul 16, 5:58 AM
    There's a phone app called Scanner Pro that turns a phone into a scanner. Used in an evenly lit place it produces a result that is close to a real scanner but you can work 10x faster than with a flatbed scanner as each image is instant. The app can also quickly put a series of pages into a single multi page PDF.
    • Marcon
    • By Marcon 23rd Jul 16, 6:40 PM
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    • 23rd Jul 16, 6:40 PM
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    • 23rd Jul 16, 6:40 PM
    If you Google on 'scanner hire' + the name of your nearest big town, that will bring up lots of options.
    • 2017me
    • By 2017me 12th Mar 17, 9:04 PM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 9:04 PM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 9:04 PM
    I've used an app called Cam Scan, its been great, I've used to to email 100 sheets of written text to myself this afternoon whilst watching a film
    I was a regular here but forgot my password & old email password. Yikes!
    • paddyrg
    • By paddyrg 18th Mar 17, 7:18 PM
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    • 18th Mar 17, 7:18 PM
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    • 18th Mar 17, 7:18 PM
    As well as document feeders (which only handle A4), as mentioned above, using your mobile is a good option. I rather like the Microsoft freebie app "Office Lens" which saves as image, pdf, integrates with cloud storage, etc.
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 18th Mar 17, 10:04 PM
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    • 18th Mar 17, 10:04 PM
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    • 18th Mar 17, 10:04 PM
    Clearly time is an issue, but no matter how you do it, storage will also be an issue - the quality has to be high enough to make retrieving the document worthwhile so you need to think about file structures & naming conventions ideally before you start to scan or phone snap or whatever you do as well as figure the tech!
    Also twenty years' worth - there is a case to be made for if you had to pay 10 pence a sheet to have it available to you Just In Case in another 5 years, would you pay up? Can you not weed that heap, hard, first?

    Or is it a house clearance type job - scan the lot & get rid quickly?

    Also, storage costs have dropped a lot in the last 10 years but you are still probably looking at terabytes of quality images, which means you either run a fleet of free cloud accounts & have to remember all the passwords, and or invest in portable hard disks & have duplicates. (Says she with two 2 Tb portables & eyeing a third & that's just keeping family snaps & a few films.

    Whichever way you jump, best of luck!
    • buglawton
    • By buglawton 18th Mar 17, 10:48 PM
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    • 18th Mar 17, 10:48 PM
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    • 18th Mar 17, 10:48 PM
    There's the HMRC 6 year rule so no real need to store tax related stuff for longer than that. Just make sure you're not just displacing your hoarder instinct!
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 20th Mar 17, 1:01 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 1:01 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 1:01 PM
    Guys the thread is from 2016 so the OP has it sorted by now.
    Can people stop loaning money/being a guarator to family/friends, it rarely ends well and you lose out as your money is gone or you get shafted with being a guarantor.
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