Your-digital-life.com: Memory Saving Tips From DriveSavers
By Mike McEnaney, 2/20/12
While everyone is busy clicking away and capturing life’s memories in record numbers how many of us are really taking the necessary steps to preserve these images from digital disaster? With digital photography comes a whole new set of potential problems. While forgetting to backup your files could be financially disastrous for a pro, the typical snap shooter is risking losing a generation of memories if they’re not more careful about their digital lives.
Our friends at DriveSavers, an industry leader in data recovery, has compiled a list of tips for helping to ensure that our precious images are not lost forever.
- AVOID EXTREME TEMPERATURES.
Heat, cold and humidity can wreak havoc with digital equipment, especially flash-memory. Because of this, avoid leaving your digital equipment in your vehicle.
- WATERPROOF YOUR CAMERA.
To protect your electronics from the possibility of water damage, be sure to enclose any valuable devices in plastic, or place in a watertight plastic bin or waterproof outer casing—yet another nifty accessory sale.
- NEVER STORE NEAR THE FLOOR.
If your hardware is on the ground of your home or office, be sure to lift them from the floor to protect them from flood damage. In fact, as a matter of course you should not store sensitive electronics directly on the floor.
- UNPLUG, UNPLUG, UNPLUG.
If you are experiencing a problem, unplug your hardware, laptops, printers and other electronic devices from all power sources.
- PROTECT AND REPLACE YOUR FLASH MEMORY CARDS.
Use their plastic holder when carrying them around. Simple static buildup can zap the card and make it unreadable. There are other dangers as well, such as breaking a card in our pocket or putting the card, along with your clothing, in the wash. Typically, flash memory cards can be used about 1000 times before they start to wear out.
- INVEST IN A SURGE PROTECTOR AND REPLACE OLD BATTERIES.
Surge protectors and battery backups should be checked or replaced every few years to ensure the highest level of effectiveness—and they are a nice accessory sale as well.
- FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS.
Take care when removing flash memory from the camera or card reader. Avoid deleting or corrupting images by using the eject command on the computer or moving the card icon from the desktop to the trash/recycle bin before physically removing the card.
- TRANSFER YOUR PHOTOS.
Place the image from the camera’s flash memory to a computer’s hard drive a soon as you can. We recommend not deleting images or reformatting the memory card while it is still in the camera. Wait until all photos are transferred and verified.
- BACKUP YOUR IMAGES.
Sometimes it is inevitable that hardware will be damaged so back up your data and back up often! This will prevent data loss even if the device itself is destroyed. While there are reasons to be wary of online data storage, it may make sense for people in disaster-prone locales, since their files will be stored on remote servers that will be safe from whatever disaster takes down their main device.