The time of the film has passed, and with it the time of photo printing has somehow sunk into oblivion, sadly enough – if we discard professionals who are forced to print photos at work, which is why they incorporate everyday photos into this process, then we will come to that very “average user ”, which today’s approach is very different from the same professional. Almost anyone can voice the problem to you – the photos are dead weight on the computer, at best, are downloaded to the Internet for showing to friends. It would seem that it is terrible if they can always be “quickly” pulled out and shown to anyone ?! But no, it’s not long to lose everything, so, sooner or later, a person comes to the problem of archiving …
Protect so you don’t have to recover
First of all, let’s talk about the issue (you can scroll below if there is no such desire): not everything in this life is eternal, especially that which is subject to mechanical stress. By the way, even the movement and existence of man (it is no wonder that the body dies due to wear and tear) can be pulled into this, so a computer, which, by the way, consists of parts not only purely electronic, and even more so an unprotected creature. The weakest point, in this case, is the hard disk (the rotation of the disk itself is a mechanical impact, which is of course) or flash memory (the latter occasionally produces bad sectors that can be easily restored, but files can be damaged). Despite the fact that the production of disks is now at its best, no one will give you a guarantee that the disc will not fail at the end of the warranty period – how much is it, a year, two, three? Personally, I always expect that my computer will still store information for at least five years. Strange, but before photo albums it was enough for a much longer time.
“Departures” of disks – the situation is far from rare, no matter how cool a brand you use. We will not even touch on situations with marriage – over time, everything grows old, and even if we put aside the viruses from which we seem to be well protected (or even know how to treat these viruses), the bottom line will still be that but the mechanics, the disk will still become worthless, morally and physically obsolete and die. Just ask friends of IT specialists how often hard drives fail to get rid of illusions about it. Flash memory is more reliable, but for the time being it hasn’t been tightened up, and it still has its drawbacks in terms of reliability.
If you do not know what it means to lose some gigabytes of data, ask those who have such experience. I had such an experience, and I do not want to repeat it. We asked you how you catalog and store photos (by the way, read the comments, it will be useful), from where I personally drew up one important thesis that “It doesn’t matter when the disk dies, it’s important how fresh the backup will be at that time in your arms ”, a phrase that still tones me.
Meanwhile, there are also individual clinical cases associated not with the destruction of the medium, but with the loss of its or data – for example, when it physically disappears or when it is accidentally formatted. Theoretically, in the second case, you can restore data, but this applies primarily to standard types of files – images, documents, etc. Lightroom directories, for example, do not fit here. If you do not believe it, just try copying the catalog file to the sacrificial flash drive, then restore it from there with a data recovery program, copy it to your computer and try opening it. I did this, not at all for the sake of experiment, but because I am not friends with my head from time to time. In general, I want to say one thing: preventive measures are much more important than restorative ones.
The complexity of new realities
What does the situation with photographs look like today? We shoot on a flash drive, not thinking about the number of frames, then, having come home, we drop them onto a computer. The boldest of us, which we will not talk about, upload photos to the Lightrum project or immediately send them to print indiscriminately, and as a result, they still have paper copies as archival ones. We did not invent this stream, from the camera to a piece of paper, so that all the waste from it to the side is considered new and untested.
The rest of the photographers, as was said at the beginning, simply store the pictures in a computer, without organization, without sorting, just broken down by the download dates. So it’s more difficult to search, and there is more garbage. You must admit that bringing a couple of thousand frames from one vacation to one computer folder is not the same as having 200 processed and printed, but the best ones, from there. Firstly, the volumes are different, secondly, utility, and thirdly, the ability to search, too. In any case, it is better to decide what to keep and what is not in advance, otherwise in a few years you risk cramming the computer so much that it can take up to several months to parse the archive. It is enough to choose one of the new organizers that allow quick processing of photos, and the problem will become noticeably simpler.