An acrid burning stench is spreading through the air.
Your eyes are stinging as smoke rapidly fills the room.
Sounds of yelling, screaming, and crying are everywhere.
Then you see the flames, an inferno.
Your house is on fire…
Hopefully, this will never happen to you and your family. But what if it does?
If, after your your family and pets were safely outside you could save one prized possession before evacuating, what would you chose?
Nearly everybody answers that question the same; the family photographs…
Precious moments of captured time that chronicle their most cherished memories, their family’s landmark moments, …their lives.
Sadly, you may not have the time or opportunity to rescue your photo collections and any number of calamities could befall them.
Fire, natural disaster, and theft are all constant threats, but the most common cause for loss is hard drive failure.
Most computer professionals will tell you that:
“It’s not a question of IF your hard drive will fail, but WHEN“.
The good news is that there are many options for backing up your photographs, as well as for preserving and archiving them to lessen the risk of damage or loss.
1) External Hard Drives:
You should be transferring all of your important digital files remotely so that they are not just on your Mac or PCs hard drive.
Most photographers purchase external hard drives and I personally use two drives at once to double my protection. An external hard drive is no different than the computer’s internal drive. It WILL eventually fail, so I make sure I have an extra drive with backing up the archive. Furthermore, I store that drive off-site in my office for extra protection.
2) Cloud Storage:
There are several companies that offer on-line storage DropBox, Microsoft Sky Drive, and Carbonite are a few of the most popular. Some offer limited free space with expanded service for a monthly fee. This is a excellent solution since your files are stored safely off-site and can be accessed anywhere there’s an internet connection.
3) CD & DVDs:
I recommend disc storage only as a short-term alternative since most CDs & DVDs may deteriorate over time.
After five years, you run the risk of the disk becoming corrupted and thus unable to retrieve the data. Archival Gold discs are the exception with a estimated life expectancy of approximately 100 years.
Since consumer digital photography is barely ten years old, most everybody still has slides, negatives, and prints in their collections. The most important of those images should be scanned and digitized and then archived in one of the manners previously mentioned. Flatbed scanners are quite affordable, but film scanners are a bit pricier. If you don’t have the time or inclination to do the scanning yourself, Omega Photo offers several scanning services that will do the job for you.
To encourage you to get started, Omega Photo is offering the following specials through the end of April. If you have questions about our scanning, archiving, or printing services, feel free to email us or call the store anytime during our normal business hours.
~~~~~ 500 Print Scans $99~~~~
Purchase a Pioneer Storage box at Omega Photo for $99 and then fill it with up to 500 photos (5×7 or smaller). We’ll scan each print and burn them all to a CD for just $99 plus tax (total value over $150)
~~~~~ FREE Second Copy ~~~~
Free second DVD copy of all movie and VHS transfers to DVD
So get started and protect those precious photos and preserve your families memories for generations to come. If you have any questions, stop by our new location in downtown Bellevue.
210 105th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(Located between NE 2nd & NE 4th behind Safeway)
Phone: (425) 455-2126
Mon – Fri: 10-7
Call or “click” below for specials, upcoming classes, and information regarding our photo processing and print services, a full line of cameras and lens sales, and our comprehensive passport photo service.
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