Have you decided to digitize your home movies? If you have several DVDs of home videos at home, you may be wondering how to preserve them. One of the best ways is to copy DVDs to USB. Flash drives are a convenient storage solution. They are small enough to take anywhere, and that allows you to easily share those files with anyone. It has never been simpler to show other family members all those old memories. However, you’ll need to know how to care for those flash drives. While they are durable and resilient, you need to look after them properly. After all, you don’t want to lose all those beautiful moments from your past. Here, we take a look at how you can make sure your flash drive is well cared for.
Store Them Safely
It sounds obvious, but safe storage is key to preserving your USB drive. They are very small, so you can lose them easily. Find a safe box or drawer in your home to tuck them away so you can find them easily. If you’re taking your flash drive out and about with you, you also need to take care. The beauty of a flash drive is that it allows you to easily share your videos. But, if you’re taking yours to a relative’s home, transport it carefully.
It’s tempting to put flash drives in your pocket, but it’s best to avoid this. Body heat creates moisture. This may condense, get into the drive, and, then, cause damage and corrosion. Also, fluff, dirt, and dust from your pocket can get into the USB connector. This could result in short-circuiting that would damage its electronic components when you plug it in. Also, you may accidentally bump into something that could bend the connector or even break it completely.
Always transport your flash drive in a dry, clean place. Keep its protective cover on, too, whenever it’s not in use.
Don’t Leave It Plugged In
Sometimes, if you leave a flash drive plugged into a computer indefinitely, it can malfunction. It’s rare, but sometimes power surges into a PC’s USB port cause damage to its electronic components. When not in use, unplug the drive and keep it in a safe place.
Make A Backup
Flash drives are strong and robust. When cared for properly, they should last a long time. That means your precious home movies will stay safe in the long term. But, remember, nothing lasts forever. USB drives are manufactured electronic components. That means they have a limited lifespan, even with excellent maintenance. For this reason, you should make sure you backup those files for your peace of mind. Either use software that automatically creates backups or do it yourself regularly. If you back up your USB drive regularly, you’ll have nothing to worry about in the event the worst happens. You’ll have the reassurance of knowing all your important video files are safe and secure.
Should I Convert My DVDs to USB?
Now that we’ve looked at some of the potential problems with USB drives, you might have some concerns. You may be worried that if you convert a DVD to USB, you’ll end up losing your videos. Rest assured, you don’t need to panic. USB drives are strong, durable, and resilient. As long as you take some sensible precautions, yours will be fine. You’ll also benefit from the convenience of having your videos in a portable format. It’s never been easier to share those files and relive those happy moments time and again.