Ok. As the resolution of digital camera increases, and the ease of creating video clips continues, the need to securely preserve digital content is on the rise.
In the days of film, people didn't often bother. They kept their negatives alongside the prints. But in a digital age, the potential number of ways to lose your content seems to be higher.
- Buy a high capacity external hard drive to store your content. Some dual drive RAID1 devices are now available, giving you hardware resilience. Pros: can be easily moved between computers as you upgrade. It's a one-off cost, and you stay in control. You can store video as well as pictures. Cons: the burglar may steal both your PC and the backup drive, or a fire could destroy both RAID drives since they're in the same case in the same room. And the RAID disk format may be locked down to FAT32, making it impossibly to backup large video files (NTFS preferable, but not Mac compatible). Oh, and you don't do much to deter accidental deletion.
- Using services like Flickr Pro to upload your photos. Pros: you can sleep easy safe in knowledge that your content is being stored in someone else's data centre. Cons: companies come and go, as do their policies. How long will Flickr last? And it's yet another bill to add to your monthly outgoings.
- And then there's the awkward solution of backing up to CDs or DVDs, but with the pain of having to check that you can read the disks back in more than one drive (otherwise when you change computer, you run the risk of losing the one drive that could read the disks).
At some stage over the next few years, I reckon I'll switch from PC/Windows to a Mac. So I'd like a solution that will last.
Your comments and ideas welcomed. What do you do?