How to avoid photo storage failure.
Did you lose the entire photo collection when your computer storage drive failed? Or your backup drive is damaged? Or your old CDs/DVDs just don’t work any longer? Then make sure you never repeat this photo storage lesson again. opens in a new windowClickAway provides data recovery services should you need them.
Humans will take over 1.4 trillion photos in 2021. What will you do with these files? We can’t stress enough the importance of backing up your digital photos and videos. Many people don’t print out photos anymore since entire collections can be stored on a smartphone or tablet. These files are effectively your “negatives,” and should be treated as such.
Optimal photo storage – organizing and protecting your memories
Many people take photos without thinking about how to organize and protect them. The complex and fast rule of photo backups is to have three different storage types. The days of shoebox storage are long over. For example, you might use a USB stick and a cloud storage account, to help reduce the risk of loss. Just be sure to make a backup of your backup every few years in case the original drive fails.
Backup your most important photos before you lose them
The photos and videos you’ve captured are probably the most important files on your computer, phone, and tablet, which is why Apple, Google and other storage service providers want to give you ways to get these pictures and movies up into the cloud as quickly as possible.
Make full use of your free space
Apple gives everyone 5GB of iCloud space for free, and it’s the same 5GB limit with Microsoft’s OneDrive. Google gives users 15GB of free room spread out across Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos, while Dropbox caps free accounts at 2GB. These aren’t huge amounts, but you can use the mobile apps offered by these companies to sync photos and videos to the cloud as you take them, and then to your other devices.
Backing up your computer
The benefit of having your files in the cloud is that they’re not lost if your devices fail, break or get lost. If you’re not going to use cloud storage for your photos, you still need to guard against these eventualities, which usually means having a separate external hard drive with your photos and videos stored in a different location.
Getting the files onto the drive is easy enough: You could use something like Time Machine on macOS or File History on Windows. Check out the backup software that came with your hard drive (most include a utility or two), or just copy the files over manually in Finder or File Explorer (you just need to remember to do it regularly).
You could keep your backup drive at the office, or at a friend or relative’s house, or even in a safety deposit box. Should something happen to your originals, at least one copy of the copies can be recovered, though you will need to make sure it’s kept as up to date as possible (and if it becomes the only copy, you need to copy it again as soon as possible). Photo storage may sound like a lot of trouble and duplication but it’s the only way to keep your digital memories safe.
ClickAway works quickly to recover your priceless photos and lost files. We want you to get back to work or share those memorable images with your family and friends as quickly as possible. Let us help you recover photo storage failures today. Our experts will do a diagnostic of your device and advice you on what the next steps are. This will determine the reason for the data loss and how much data can be recovered. Keep in mind, some diagnostics take up to 24 hours to finish.