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Preserving Your Digital Files


Digital photos, printed on archival
paper, are safe and accessible in
archival photo albums

Digital files are as fragile as some of your oldest mementos. Because computers crash, CD or DVD record errors, or it's easy to accidently delete a file, preserving your digital files is critical. The good news is that it can be as simple as purchasing the proper hardware and tools, and then transferring your files.

After your files are organized, you can make duplicate back-up copies and store them separately from the main files housed on your computer or an external hard drive.

Backing-Up at Home
You have many options when it comes to making backup copies of your digital files.

Hardware used to back up and/or store digital files includes:

  • External hard drive

  • USB flash drive

  • Memory stick

  • CD-R

  • DVD

All storage options have their benefits and drawbacks. For example, writing and erasing a disk (CD or DVD) or external hard drive repeatedly will wear it out, making it susceptible to failure. So it's a good idea to purchase separate disks or devices for everyday use as well as for preservation storage. You should also consider the longevity of different storage devices. Most CDs, DVDs or external drives have a shelf life ranging from five to 10 years, if properly formatted.

CDs and DVDs seem to offer the most flexibility, but they have a relatively short shelf life and can fail within a few years. External hard drives are a better option for the storage and preservation of your digital files because they tend to last longer. USB flash drives are also an option, but they're small and can be easily lost.

If your entire digital archive will not be stored or won't fit on your home computer, it's a good idea to choose two of these options and store them separately. That way if one of your storage methods fails or is damaged, you’ll have a back-up.

Backing-Up Online
A relatively new option for backing up and archiving your files is carbonite.com. For a small annual fee Carbonite automatically backs up your computer files, through the Internet, and then updates them routinely as you add new files. One of the benefits of Carbonite is that your files are protected in the event of fire or flood or other natural disasters that could impact files stored at home.

If you are a Mac user, Apple offers a similar online service — MobileMe. For an annual fee users can upload materials for their own personal use.

If you choose to store your digital photos on a website, remember that nothing is forever. You should be sure to copy and store them on CDs, DVDs or an external hard drive in case the site has problems, or worse yet, shuts down permanently.

Helpful Hint: Remember that social sites such as Facebook and MySpace are a great way to share photos, but they aren't a substitute for archiving your digital files. Most social sites limit the file sizes you can upload, so if you rely on them for back-up, you may end up with only low-resolution images that don’t preserve the details you'll wish you had years in the future.


Digital Copies of Physical Items



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Organize and preserve your documents with professional quality archival materials, including:

  1. Document Boxes and File Folders
  2. Drop-Front Boxes
  3. Triangular Roll Storage Boxes
  4. Newspaper Boxes
  5. Bulk Storage Boxes
  6. Sheet Music Sleeves and Boxes
  7. Polypropylene Sleeves
  8. Map and Print Folders
  9. Poster Folders
  10. Archival Interleaving Paper
Cloth Frame Photo Albums

Cloth Frame Photo Albums

Each page has bi-directional polypropylene pockets to hold photos horizontally or vertically. The memo area next to each pocket makes it easy to record notes.

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