There was a time when keeping your photos safe meant protecting physical items. Usually, photos taken with a traditional film camera would be stored in one of two ways. It could be as a physical print of the photo, or as an image on an exposed negative. In either case, once these items are destroyed, the photo is lost!
The situation is not completely different for digital photography. With digital photographs, if your storage device is lost or damaged, you will lose access to the corresponding photographs. However, the advantage with digital files is that they are much easier to copy and make backups of. You can print as many copies of a photo as you like from a negative but lose that, and you can produce no more.
With digital photographs, it is quick and easy to replicate the original file. Because of this simple fact, keeping your digital photos and other files and data safe, is easy. The following tips will help you to avoid ever losing your most precious photographs and treasured memories ever again.
Let’s start with the very basics. Copying a file is really easy, you simply need to right-click (in Windows) and then select the option to copy. You can then paste the file to another location, either on the same hard drive as the original, or on another attached storage device. Backing up a file onto the same hard drive is largely pointless, it is likely that if you lose access to data, it will affect the whole hard drive.
If you have a thumb drive or external hard drive, you can attach it to your laptop or computer and paste the file onto there. This is the simplest, yet most effective, way of backing up your files.
In the Cloud
If you aren’t backing up your data offline, your other option is to use a cloud-based service to back your photos up to. Cloud services are great because they are accessible from anywhere and they are remote. In the event of a house fire, flooding, or similar incident, you could potentially lose your main storage medium as well as all of your backups.
The main drawback to hosting photos online is that you are entrusting their security to a third party. You need to decide whether you trust them to keep your data safe and whether there is any data that you wouldn’t entrust with anyone else.
Of course, while it is easy to continuously tell people to back up their data, it is not so easy to actually practice what we preach. Should you lose access to your data without having made a backup, you should consider whether it might be appropriate to approach a professional data recovery service such as Secure Data.
Digital photography has been a world-changing invention. Now that we are all carrying digital cameras in our pockets that have built-in cameras, we are all able to record every event and precious memory. There is something uniquely devastating about losing access to those memories. The above guide should get you started with your efforts to practice better data security.