With our wedding packages, we offer customers the opportunity to take home unedited footage to relive their special moments. We can’t fit every touching speech, hilarious joke, or every word of one’s vows into the film, but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch it over and over again at home on your own computer or flat screen. Brides are welcome to bring in a storage device and we’ll upload the footage for you in an afternoon.

One of the most important things to keep in mind with data storage is how to properly storage your media device for the long term. The last thing you’d want is to accidentally spill a glass of wine on your USB or to loose your backup hard drive when moving houses, but even worse is to think that a little jostle could corrupt your precious hard drive.

(PSA: This information is handy for everyone to know Рnot just our lovely brides!)

Here at the Joy Factory, we have back up drives of our back up drives… both on site in our office AND off site. One can never be too careful.

Alright, so first off – let’s talk about different types of storage options. Choosing a backup program is the first step to added file security, but the media device you choose will have to be reliable as well. There are certain types of storage media devices that are better suited for different storage conditions. I’ll go over the five main storage types with you.

External Hard Drive Storage
External hard drives can either classified as a hard disc drive (HDD) or a solid state drive (SSD). You can use either, really, though a solid state drive is recommended over the latter due to their durability and long term performance. Using an solid state drive (or SSD) is better as there are no moving parts and less of a risk for data corruption by dropping the drive such as with a standard HDD. On a smaller scale, a thumb drive or USB drive is also a form of SSD and operates in just the same way. These are perfect for users backing up smaller files and don’t use much storage space.

Optical Storage
Believe it or not, but people still use CDs and DVDs to store data for long periods of time, but the popularity in this has decreased greatly to the affordability of other storage devices. Discs are more popular when storing music and videos. Cons of using this fragile option include easily being broken, scratched, and therefore causing data loss. Another con is that companies like Apple no longer see a use for discs to store and transfer information, as disc drives are no longer offered in new Mac computers. This is due to Apple wanting to push the iCloud and making more information available through sharing over the internet.

Long Term Cloud Storage
Which brings me to my next point of long term cloud storage, like the iCloud, or Dropbox, or Google Drive. This option is handy to store information off-site. A downside is that most services require a subscription and pricing is based on how much data you store. Data security is also an issue when using cloud storage. It is not impossible for the Cloud servers to crash or to be susceptible to malware attacks.

Social Media History
This option would work best for photos, rather than videos. I say that as uploading a raw, unedited video is not ideal for your Facebook timeline, but uploading your photos to a private or public Facebook album will allow for your low resolution versions to be safe for years to come. Both Facebook and Twitter let users request an archive via e-mail, which arrives as a compressed, HMTL-formatted snapshot of your timeline. They’re browsable on their own, and both services do a decent job of creating snapshots that should be accessible for the long term.

Simple And Flexible Backup Software
Data backup has many features that enable the user to backup, restore, and synchronize important files with minimal effort. It can be a simple process and an ideal solution to long term data storage. There is even a handy scheduler to automate a backup every Monday, every month, or whenever your backup drive is plugged in. The backups occur quietly in the background and you do not need to have the window open, be logged in, or even have the computer on for the scheduled backup to start.

Now, let’s talk about your three worst enemies when is comes to storing your memories: static, moisture and physical shock/damage.

Physical Shock/Damage
Most people know to be cautious enough with their equipment and not to haphazardly store it on a ledge where it could crash to the floor. Years of storing a bare external hard drive in a box at the back of your closet would also be problematic. You wouldn’t want a tiny little scratch on the logic board or the internal mechanisms to falter from the slightest of movements.

You’re going to want to keep your data storage option safe and dry. If your home has a pipe burst, or again, if that glass of wine takes a tumble, you’ll want your this hard drive to stay safe and dry. Obviously, this one ranks pretty low on the list of potential risks, but do keep in mind that the air and climate your drive is stored in will definitely have affects.

The silent killer that you don’t often hear about is static discharge. Electronic components are enormously sensitive to static discharge and one errant zap (even if it is not felt or seen) from a finger tip could be the kiss of death to a component.

The good news is that you can easily prevent all of these noted hazards by keeping the styrofoam or case that your storage drive came in for later storage. You can also buy waterproof cases or component bags to ward off static discharge online.

Overall, picking the right storage option for you and keeping it in a safe, dry environment with maximum coverage is key to keeping your precious memories protected for years to come. And in the typical Joy Factory way, it never hurts to have a secondary backup option on in a different location.

Hopefully this has helped to answer some of your questions. If you’re still unsure, don’t hesitate to send us an e-mail or a message.