Erika Thornes teaches that all media will retire. Computers don't have CD or DVD drives anymore. Try to find a reader for a Jazz drive or a Zip disk. Erika Thornes encourages to check drive health, to make sure that media can be read by the latest machines and to make sure to have two copies in case a drive fails.
- Retiring Storage…Retiring?…What do I mean by that?…All digital storage will eventually call it quits.…We just don't know when.…That's why I keep my backup drives plugged in.…I do that because then they're always available…to be backed up and I know if they're starting to fail.…However, not everybody does that.…Some people keep their drives on shelves.…If you do that, you need to check in with those drives.…Unlike traditional photo prints that you would stick…in a box and in 10, 20, 30, sometimes even 40 years,…you can pull those up and they're just as good…as they were when you left them,…digital files need to have their health checked…because those digital files don't have…the same longevity as our archival prints do.…
The projected life span of storage varies…depending on the media you choose to store it on.…Hard drives have an expected life span…of three to five years.…That really freaked me out the first time…I started to have hard drives fail.…I thought I was doing something wrong.…But nope, they all fail, no matter what company…
Backup is important, but it's not enough. Using keywords and other organizational features is also important—but also not enough. A complete, long-term photo archiving strategy involves multiple techniques: identifying those shots you want to preserve for generations, and then taking the steps necessary to make that happen. In this course, photographer and family historian Erika Thornes outlines a roadmap for storing, sharing, and archiving your family's story through pictures. From culling and keywording, to backing up and producing archival prints and photo books, Erika details the steps that will make your collection of digital images accessible now and in the future.
- Getting organizing
- Culling the best images
- Saving two local copies of each photo
- Storing photos on the cloud
- Posting photos to social media
- Printing photos
- Accessing archived images easily