Backing up your memories

Do you do backups? Recently a client of mine told me that her hard drive crashed and several months of family photos disappeared from her 1 year old baby. Luckily, she had been emailing her friends her baby’s photos all along and was able to ‘recovered’ some photos back from her friends. I would like to share this client’s story as it could happen to all of us. Basically, a normal hard disk would crash when it is around 2-3 years old. If you had not been doing backup of your family photos, I urge you to do it now. I really mean NOW. As at this digital age, not many of us would have our photos printed out, and we thought it was save to simply transfer all the files to our computer, but it is NOT! I had my HD crashed several times before, it was really a pain to see valuable memories disappeared within seconds. We all have poor memories (well, at least I do)… and I rely heavily on ‘tangible things’ such as photos or writing to recall my memories from time to time. I would basically use my camera to capture anything that I would like to remember, and would write down all my thoughts to every detail on my passworded private blog (a.k.a. diary) so that I have something to enjoy when I grow old. Memories, to me, is the most important thing in life. I even kept all the secret notes I passed to my classmates at grade 9!

Having learned from these painful experiences, I now do 2-3 backup copies of everything. This would include 2 extra external HD backups, plus, 2 copies on DVDs (which I think was the safest format).

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Some must backup memories:
- family pictures taken by digital camera
- family videos / sound files
- pictures taken by your mobile phone
- your family blog / personal blog
- emails

Suggestions on how to backup your memories:
- make 2 DVD copies (different brands) of your photos and store at different places
- set your computer to automatically do daily backup for all your files
- make prints regularly and store them in photo albums, sorted by year
- if you keep a blog / journal of your baby / family, check with your blog provider / hosting provider for backup options
- make backing up your HD a habit and a regular routine (eg: at least once every 2 months etc..)

Hope this post would be useful to you.

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