How to keep safe your pictures forever
Even if today it’s much easier than before, to take instantly, at any time, as many photos and videos of your everyday life you want, losing them is as frustrating as it has always been.
And if losing the photo of your last meal can be something that you will fast overcome, what if one day you lose your wedding photos, the photos of your grandparents, or the ones from the first birthday of your kid or your last vacations? I bet you certainly want to keep them safe! Well, I have some news to share: Losing your data is not an “if” but a “when”. So get prepared!
Nothing lasts forever. Hard drives fail, flash drives are getting lost, laptops are getting stolen, online services shut down, and fires, floods, and earthquakes can also destroy digital records. Today once we lose our photos they are gone for good because we have much more photos and we basically don’t print them. So after you lose your digital data there is nothing you can do.
But you can take some precautions:
Keep your flash and hard drives, CDs & DVDs in dark, dry places, like a drawer at home, and not, for example, in your car’s glove box where the temperature varies.
If your flash drive has a cover, use it to protect it from the dust.
Safely remove your hard drives and USB sticks from your PC, TV, or tablet.
Don’t keep your external hard drive always plugged into your PC, because your data can be wiped out both due to human error and due to malicious software. You may delete whole folders by accident, or by making errors when copying files. If your PC is infected by malware, it can damage files on external hard drives as well.
Hard drives / DVDs
Copy your photos to at least 2 digital storage means: flash drives, external hard drives, to another pc or laptop, at home or at work.
Keep your backup copies at different locations because your data is at risk of being stolen or destroyed by fire, flood or some other disaster: keeping a backup off site in the office, at a friend’s or relative’s house, or your country house is always an option to consider.
If you already have a safe deposit in a bank, keep one of your hard drive backups there.
If you are still using DVD readers, burn your photos in DVDs. Keep in mind though that their life expectancy is short so you should re-burn them every 2-3 years.