So, you found out digital files don’t last forever. What now? Believe me, I felt the exact same way.
Here are 3 ways to save your digital files, I have found for you.
Keep CDs and USB stored in a cool, dry and dark area. Think of it as the same way we protect our skin from damage. Without that sunscreen, the best you’ll get out of CDs are 2-5 years and 8-10 years for a flash drive. Floppy disks last…wait, floppy disks? Yep, I threw that one in there because we all had them. But who actually has a way to read them anymore? Along with the other ways we use to store our media like VHS tapes and cassette tapes. (Seriously, I have a few floppies and I’d LOVE to see what’s on them)
Same with unwanted chemicals, those song names you color coded on the outside of the CD, brings the lifespan way down.
Let’s get our digital files off data storing media and save your digital files onto the cloud, right? Nothing can go wrong there. Unless of course the company closes or locks you out of your account. Am I the only one who still can’t access my photobucket account?!
Keep moving your digital files onto different backup options by keeping everything up to date. Don’t assume the one way you have of storing your digitals won’t start to fade eventually.
Refresh your USB sticks by inserting and checking the data at least once a year. Along with all digital backups. Make sure you are checking on them every year.
Oh, boy. I get it. It seems like a lot to remember and frequently update.
When you are thinking about long term preservation of your digital media, think about what happens to them long past our time. Who has access to them?
Our families will turn into great investigators by the end of searching right?!
Imagine what it would feel like finding your ancestors photographs tucked neatly in a box. How thrilling and exciting it is to see your family’s pastime and history.
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