By Jamey Nordby - June 24, 2019
If you’ve opted for negative scanning in Denver, you will preserve your precious photographic memories in digital format. However, what’s the best solution in the long term for storing those files? There are several things we would suggest to make sure your memories are well-protected for the future.
When you’re storing digital files on discs, make sure you have multiple copies. DVDs that are properly stored may last for a quarter-century. However, you can easily scratch them. And, if you handle them incorrectly, they may deteriorate rapidly.
You can back up your data by copying files to your PC from the disc itself. If you do this, you’ll have all the data safely stored should you require a replacement disc.
If you’re storing your digital files on your drive, make sure to copy those files to the PC. You should also copy them to a minimum of one extra external drive. An external hard drive will be a more stable option when compared with a flash drive in the long term. Usually, flash drives come with no warranty. You can easily lose them, and, with frequent use, they will degrade rapidly. The more data you add or replace, the more rapidly the drive’s memory degrades. A hard drive comes with a warranty of up to five years. It will also be more durable and stable. However, you could lose, corrupt or damage it when you use it improperly. Therefore, backing up digital files to multiple drives is the safest option for long-term storage.
Once you have backed up the digital files from your negative scanning in Denver, you should store them carefully. Make sure you keep them in a different location than the original copies. You may want to consider backing up your files to one of the available Cloud services. There are several to select from and they are an effective way to store digital memories. However, you should only store files in the Cloud when you have a local backup of your files, too. If you opt to use only the Cloud to store your duplicate files, you’re taking a big risk. Cloud storage could discontinue in the future.
Also, some services make it difficult to download stored data. Some will only permit downloads of low-resolution versions of your files. There will also be fees for using Cloud storage solutions. You must keep all these things in mind when deciding where to store your duplicates.
Once you have backup files carefully stored away, you should take care to check them regularly. Experts recommend you check your data at least every five years. You will then be able to determine whether you should migrate the files to a different storage media. You may also need to convert them into a more modern file format.
However, you choose to store the digital files from your negative scanning in Denver, preserving those memories safely is vital. Here at Reborn, we can ensure we’ll save those precious images of the past for future generations to enjoy.