Consider that sooner or later that you will lose your wonderful digital images. It's always a good time to consider backup scenarios for your computer files, but these recent weather conditions with unexpected storms should awaken everyone to seriously ensuring that their photos, at least, are backed up (saved) somehow, somewhere.
Here are a few things to consider:
- there is no 'power bar' that is foolproof in that it will guarantee that no damaging current will reach your computer; use one, but take the extra step of actually unplugging the power and phone/cable lines if a storm is imminent
- there is hardly any virus protection or firewall that can prevent all instances of intrusion; run (approved) detection and cleaning software regularly
- use at least external hard-drives (HHDs) to backup your data onto, but...........
- external HDDs do fail, and often at a higher rate than your computer (internal) HDDs since they are often in closed cases which overheat (the prime cause of HDD failure itself!)
- and do not leave your external HDDs hooked up continuously; power spikes and lightning just love to travel along connecting cables
My life-long Passion is photography and I treasure my images.
Although I am very happily retired I continue to pursue a second interest I have had for years, that of building and repairing computers, strictly as a hobby as I want no hassles of business matters (my friends and clients love that approach!).
Backing up your images (at least*) is not that difficult, and there are good free programs available; Windows7 for example has a simple and good program.
*I back up, or should I say, CLONE my entire hard-drive on a regular basis. Takes about 2-3 hours, gives a complete 'spare' copy of my whole computer on another HDD which I keep in another location.