You’ve recently had your photos scanned as a backup for your physical pictures, but how do you backup your digital photos and files? Don’t become complacent now that your photos are in a digital format, there is still work to do. Hard drive failures happen with an alarming frequency. Hard drive failure rates “varies from 1.9% for drives that were in their first year of operation, to over 8.6% observed in the 3-year old population.” 1 No matter where you live, there is a threat of natural disasters and the risk of a home fire is constant. These forces pay no attention to whether your photos are in a photo album or on your computer, they simply destroy it all.
If you haven’t thought about a backup plan for your digital files, here are some ideas to get you started down the right path.