Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Hello everyone!! Aubrey here and I hope this find everyone in a happy holiday mood! This is such a crazy time with all of the events and programs and gift buying and everything else that it is hard sometimes to remember to slow down for a moment and take it all in. I have a hard time with that, but that is why we take lots and lots of pictures so we can go back and smile while remembering the good times we had!
Today I am here with a Tips and Tricks and a bit more of a serious one at that. It has to do with preserving our pictures forever without risk of losing them. I am actually writing this because of a very recent and painful experience. Several years ago our laptop died on us and we lost all of our info on it, including a lot of pictures. Luckily we had most of our pictures on CDs. We decided to get an external hard drive for safety sake. Well…and here comes the painful part…I was not so smart and ended up keeping everything on that including around 10,000 pictures (all of them since we have had digital cameras), all family videos, ALL of my digital scrapbooking stuff (kits, pages, EVERYTHING!), and much more. Lately I have had the feeling that we needed to back it up and put it into “outer space” as my mom puts it (online), but we have had a crazy fall with a wedding, 3 birthdays, 4 trips out of town, church stuff, and so much more so I kind of put it in the back of my mind. Well, 2 weeks ago we were at my in-laws and the hard drive dropped. It stopped working. No matter our efforts and other’s efforts we couldn’t fix it: the hard drive is what is damaged. We lost everything on there. It took me 3 days to come out of the depression I felt from that and then decided I would write my post on this very thing to keep other people from this same loss. It hurts a lot!
So why write all of that above? So you know that it can happen at any time and it is really best to act sooner than later! So…onto my tips.
My husband and I while talking about this decided that 2 or 3 storage areas are ideal. There are so many options out there: your computer, external hard drive, CDs, online storage facilities, photo printing facilities, and many more. I don’t know about you, but my computer storage is just never big enough so it just houses our software programs. External hard drives are great because they act like your computer’s hard drive and easily accessible, but as shown above are not a fool proof solution and need to be backed up continually. CDs…well, with trying to back up 10,000 picture onto discs that could potentially get damaged easily, it’s not a good solution and definitely not permanent. I would suggest that after your computer and any other external source to have an online spot where you download all of your pictures and other files.
There are many different options out there. Let’s start with online photo storage facilities where you can possibly print off your photos. Once they are downloaded they will always be there (unless otherwise stated). These are free, but may be limited in space and you will only have pictures. Plus, to download high res photos takes a LOT of time! Options like this include:
There are also a ton of online storage facilities that have different features at different prices. These are more like your computer’s hard drive. Here are just a few examples I found when researching. (Please note that offers/prices may differ depending on when you might happen to look them up):
- Dropbox: It starts off free for 2 GB of space and after that is $9.99 for 100 GB and goes up from there
- Livedrive: $7.95 per month for unlimited space, it backs up your files as you work on them, and you can view your files anywhere (including smart phones and devices)
- Carbonite: $59 a year, it backs up your files continually as long as you are connected to the internet, and you can view your files anywhere (including smart phones and devices)
- MediaFire: Free for up to 50 GB of storage space (with limitations) and starts at $1.50 per month, you can have access anywhere
There are a TON more, but that would make for a very long post! Lol! Different features work better for different people so do your homework and see which one out there works best for you! All I did was Google ‘online digital storage sites’ and came up with tons of different options. A lot of them even offer a trial version so you can try it out for free.
Gotta love the digital age, but you need to back everything up for the “just in case” moments in life! Sorry for the not-so-exciting post, but I felt it was necessary to save someone else from the same heartache!