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How to make your photos last a lifetime.

Digital cameras are great, and thanks to smartphones, we have one with us almost all the time. How to make photos last a lifetime. We're taking more photos than ever before, and building a lifetime of digital data. But despite the enormous value of these photos and videos, most people don't have a backup. It's time to shine a light on this essential task and make it a regular habit before those precious memories are gone forever.

If you asked someone what possession they'd save from a house fire, most would say photos, and they'd make a point of grabbing a frame or album on the way out. But with digital images, you don't need a fire to lose everything; they could disappear in the blink of an eye with hardware failure or theft. There's no warning, no smoke alarm, and without a plan already in place, no chance to recover the data. It's time to get set up with a real backup system.

Is one copy enough?
You might think about saving your information to an external hard drive, or flash drive is enough. You're right, it's better than nothing, but since the data is stored in only one place, this isn't a backup - it's just storage. That drive could fail at any moment, perhaps from age, malfunction or plain old theft.

Often enough, that drive even becomes lost over the years, put somewhere ‘safe' and promptly forgotten! And with the way technology is moving, accessing that data in 5 years might even bring up compatibility issues – some newer computers don't also have CD/DVD drives, yet hundreds of thousands of homes would still have photos stored on a disc.

Two copies? You might have your extra storage drive as a backup and keep a copy on your computer. This is a better solution, and how most people store their data, but it still isn't enough. While you're protected against device failure, that house fire is going to take both copies up in flames. Thieves would probably grab the external drive while they're bundling up your computer too, so again, you'd be left with zero copies. It's close, but it's not a real backup system.

The rule of three.
We subscribe to the backup state of three. Just reading this may sound like overkill, but the tech is fragile, and device failure is a constant risk. We recommend keeping one copy on the computer/device, another on an external drive, and a third copy as a last resort tucked safely away in the cloud. The cloud backup can be fully automated, so you don't even need to worry about remembering to do it. If the day comes that you need your data back, it's ready and waiting in perfect condition. Cloud technology also means your data is far away from any potential fire or flood, it's secure and with the right provider, guaranteed against loss.

There's a saying in the IT industry: "There are two kinds of people: those who back up, and those who have never lost all their data." No matter what the cause of your data loss, it always has a profound impact, particularly when it comes to precious data. While re-creating some homework or the family budget might be inconvenient, there's no way to recreate photos once they're gone. It's a loss that hurts for a long time, but it's also so very avoidable.

For help backing up important photos and documents contact the experts at Computer Corner.

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Straightforward answers, quick service, and a friendly smile! Simply... 5-Star, A-Plus customer service.

Jan Owens
January 31, 2019

These guys are the best. They are very knowledgeable and reasonably priced!

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January 28, 2019

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Monica Kilburn
January 28, 2019

I had a hard drive go down on a piece of video equipment. Michael and Computer Corner had me up and running in just a few days (parts had to be ordered). Thank you Computer Corner!

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January 18, 2019

My son owns a computer businness in NC so when we needed someone local, we got a recommendation for Computer Corner from a friend. I am more than pleased. I will recommend them in a heartbeat. They communicated the status of my computer to me by text and the work was done very fast and the turnaround would probably have been faster if it hadn't been Thanksgiving week.

Casey Todd
November 28, 2018

Best experience I've had with laptop repairs in Florida. Answered my many questions quickly, informed me of all of my options, and made sure I took home a well tuned machine. All repairs are costly no matter where you go, but at least you get what you pay for with the helpful staff here. As I type this, I'm planning another trip to see them.

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November 21, 2018

5 STARS Great service at reasonable prices. I will continue to be a customer.

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October 18, 2018

They took care of my computer promptly! Removed all of the viruses that were on my system and upgrade it to make it run like the day I bought it. I would highly recommend Computer Corner!

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October 17, 2018

Lost audio on laptop after windows update. Pleased with service to restore and pricing. Very knowledgeable and personable in explaining to a Sr citizen.

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October 15, 2018

Outstanding service. They recovered my computer when it had been hacked and wouldn't reboot. I lost nothing and they cleaned the mess from the hackers. Could ask for better service, and they are very reasonable. I'll go back to them again if I ever have any problems.

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October 12, 2018