With the holidays coming up, we’re reminded more than ever of the importance of family. Of course, one of the best ways to look back and remember your family history is through photographs and videos. These days, when everyone’s got a high quality camera that fits nicely in their pocket, it can be easy to take cherished photos for granted. We’re used to snapping a picture, putting our phone away, and resting easy knowing that the image will be safely stored automatically, allowing us to access it wherever we are.
However, all this convenience around our photographs can sometimes make us complacent, which is no good once you realize you’ve lost important memories. There are a number of ways data loss, and especially the loss of photos, can happen. It could be as extreme as a house fire, or as simple as a dropped external hard drive.
Although having a great data recovery team on standby is a great way to get some peace of mind in case you lose your photos, it’s even better to take precautions beforehand and avoid problems altogether. With that in mind, here are TeraDrive’s top tips and solutions to store your family photos and videos and keep your childhood memories safe, allowing you to cherish those moments for years to come.
1. Backups are your friend
Of all the things you can do to protect yourself from data loss, regularly and thoroughly backing up your data is one of the most invaluable. When deciding how you want to go about backing up your albums of family photos, remember that when it comes to backups, one is none, and two is one.
You might be wondering what this means. Simply put, if your images are solely located on your computer, with no digital backup or hard copies elsewhere, then you may as well not have them at all. This is because all it takes is a failure on one device for you to potentially lose your images forever. If, say, the hard drive in your desktop computer fails, or your phone is accidentally dropped in water, and that’s the only device where you stored your photos, you have no failsafe for getting those images back.
There are a number of ways to back up your data, many of which can be provided by the manufacturers of your data devices (i.e. Apple, Google, Samsung, etc.). The more of these methods you take advantage of, the safer your childhood images and videos will be.
2. Use a variety of storage methods for important files
As we were saying, having a few types of backup is strongly advised to ensure your images are kept as safe as possible. For maximum safety, here are a few options you should consider:
- Your hard drive is the most convenient way to store and access your images. Since the disk drive is in your computer, its contents should be accessible for as long as the drive, and therefore the computer, is working.
- Separate media storage such as USB or SD flash drives, burnable CDs or DVDs, or even external hard drives or solid state drives are all great ways to store images. One thing to remember is that collections of family photos and videos will usually take up a large amount of space, so make sure that you’re picking up a device with enough storage to fit everything.
- Cloud storage is the newest backup method on this list, and one of the most useful. Since your data is stored online rather than on a physical device, this is a great way to keep a copy of your important pictures safe. Data stored in the Cloud isn’t the cheapest solution as some services require you to pay premium prices for larger storage space, but it has the advantage of being accessible from anywhere.
3. Don’t forget about physical copies!
In addition to digital backups, hanging onto the physical prints of your photos is a great way to keep them safe. You should consider digitizing them before forgetting about the originals and keep those original pictures in an album, preferably in a location that’s secure from fire or water damage such as a lock-box or a safe.
4. Ensure there’s a copy of valuable media in a separate location
All the hard drives and USB sticks in the world won’t help you if they’re located in the same location. Suppose you have multiple backups on multiple devices, all in your home office or storage room. If that room is damaged by a fire, a flood, an earthquake, or anything else, it could destroy all your backups in one fell swoop. To avoid this, get in the habit of storing backups of valuable data in separate locations. Rather than having your backup hard drive at home, consider leaving it at the office, or even better, in a safety deposit box. Having multiple backups in multiple locations is a great way to protect your photos. Combine these physical copies with Cloud storage backups, and you stand the best chance of keeping your most precious photos and videos.
Effectively protecting your data from loss can be a challenge, but when it comes to something as important as family memories, we believe every precaution is well worth it. With a little bit of time and money put towards multiple redundant backup solutions, such as with external hard drives used in combination with Cloud storage, you can rest much easier knowing your data is as safe as possible.
If you already have experienced data loss, you don’t need to come to terms with leaving those memories in your head just yet. Whether your hard drive has failed unexpectedly, or your storage device has been damaged by physical hazards like water or fire, TeraDrive has the skills and experience to help reunite you with your data. Don’t accept data loss—because nothing is ever truly lost.
Still have questions about safely storing image and video media? Need a hand with data recovery? Contact TeraDrive today!
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