The Best Way to Store Digital Photos – That Last!
How do you store your digital photos and media? If you’re like me, they’re probably scattered among your laptop hard drive, your camera’s memory card, your iPhone…
I seriously need to get my memory-keeping act together before I lose all of these precious memories I’m trying desperately to keep.
I keep waiting. Waiting until I have a long enough block of time, waiting until I get the photos organized, waiting until the end of the year. Until, until, until…
But in the meantime, my digital photos remain scattered and unprotected. Until now!
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So What’s the Best Way to Store Digital Photos?
I’ve recently discovered the absolute best way to store digital photos and other digital memories: M-DISC.
Now, I’m not talking about simply organizing photos. I’m talking about the BES WAY to make sure they are SAFE AND PRESERVED for years and years to come. And when I say years and year, I mean 1,000 years!
Did you know:
- Hard drives and flash drives are electron-based and don’t retain data long term.
- “…only 50% of hard drives will survive until their 6th birthday.” via FastCompany
- External hard drives and flash drives were only made for sharing and transferring, not long-term archiving.
- Cloud storage is out of your control and can be pricey with monthly fees.
What makes M-DISC better:
- M-DISCs allow you to “archive” memories and information with hard copies you can have complete control over.
- M-DISCs hold data for 1,000 years and beyond.
- M-DISC is resistant to heat, humidity, and magnetism.
- A single M-DISC can hold up to 100 gigabytes of information.
- M-DISCs can be written and read by all current Bluray drives.
- M-DISC is the only data storage solution to withstand rigorous testing by the U.S. Department of Defense.
How to Store Photos with M-DISC
Step 1: Choose What to Archive. Choose which information you want to be saved for a lifetime. This won’t be everything; We’re talking about photos, video, music, and a few important documents.
Step 2: Resist Perfection! Don’t wait until everything is perfect. Forget about organizing and labeling. Just get it archived – as is, or you might lose it forever.
Step 3: Access a Disc Writer Drive. If you don’t have a Blu-ray Writer drive already in your desktop/laptop, get an external Blu-ray Writer through Amazon. (You can even get an M-Disc and Blu-ray Writer set, all ready to go!) Look for the “M-DISC” logo on the box or device. M-DISC works in any Blu-ray Writer. Drives are relatively affordable, especially considering how invaluable your photo memories are, and that you’ll use it to archive regularly in the future.
Step 5: Follow the Burning Directions that Come with Your M-DISC and/or Blu-Ray Writer.
Once you’ve followed those easy steps, your memories will be archived for 1,000 years! Just put your M-DISC in your fire-proof safe or burn an extra M-DISC to store at another location for extra security. Then, set a reminder on your smartphone calendar to archive new photos and media every six months. No more worries about losing those sweet memories!
How do you store your digital photos? Do you worry about losing them? Join the conversation in the comments below!
More Ideas for Making & Keeping Family Memories:
- DIY Painted Stones to Preserve Your Family Vacation Memories
- Birthday Photo Books from Mixbook
- A Summer Time Capsule Printable to Freeze Kids’ Summer Memories