Status: My ex is getting ready to move out of state and wants to get together and sort out photos before she goes. (Joy; maybe neither of us will commit murder before we're done.) A lot of photos, we have double prints, which makes stuff a lot easier, and in order to minimize the opportunity for conflict my son and I have been going through and splitting them into separate sets so my ex and I don't have to sit together to do it.
However, a lot have only a single print. In another attempt to minimize conflict over who gets the keep each of these pictures, I have embarked on a major project to scan everything we don't have two of.
My scanner is decent enough, but it is so old that Epson never released 64-bit drivers for it; I would have to pull out my old 32-bit XP box to use it. So I bought a new scanner today. The only photo scanner they had at Fry's cost like 4x the price of the cheap all-in-one copier/scanner/printer units they had, but I suspect it has higher resolution than any of the all-in-ones (although I haven't actually read their specs), and it has a built-in negative/slide scanner. That's an accessory I never got around to getting for my old one. And I bought
4TB of spinning rust to put the pics on.
Three hours, three or four attempts at installing the drivers, two reboots, and more screaming and swearing than I've done since (at least) before my ex and I split up, and the scanner finally scans. Quite well, actually. But getting there was very frustrating.
30-ish pictures scanned so far; maybe 300 to go. (Wild guess. My son and I have sorted maybe 20–25% of the photos, and I've just started scanning the pictures I already know need to be scanned; I have no real idea how many of the not-yet-sorted photos will need to be scanned.)