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Description: Question from Shaina C.: I have an 8GB USB flash drive with several hundred photos on it that I scanned during a recent visit to my grandmother’s house. These are precious family pictures

Question from Shaina C.:  I have an 8GB USB flash drive with several hundred photos on it that I scanned during a recent visit to my grandmother’s house. These are precious family pictures that cannot be replaced if something were to happen to them.

I really don’t want to lose these photos and I was wondering how long I can count on the drive retaining them if I lock it up in my little fireproof safe?

Rick’s Answer:   Shaina, most manufacturers claim their flash drives will retain their contents for at least 10 years, but there are a number of variables that can shorten that time span.

If the flash drive was new when you copied the pictures onto it, they should be safe for most of those estimated 10 years. If the drive was used however, I wouldn’t count it it lasting more than one-half to two-thirds of that time. Also, keeping the drive stored in a cool, dry location will help maximize the life of the data stored on it.

If those photos are really important to you (and apparently they are), I would back them up onto a second USB drive and give it to another family member or a trusted friend (who doesn’t live in the same house) for safekeeping. That way if one drive becomes lost, damaged or simply stops working you’ll have another one tucked away that you can use to retrieve those precious files.

Better yet, you could buy several thumb drives and hand them out to various trusted friends and relatives. After all, they are quite inexpensive these days.

A couple of other long-term storage options are burning the photos onto blank DVDs or uploading them to the cloud via Carbonite . Mozy or one of the many free online storage services that are available these days. When it comes to storing files that you simply cannot afford to lose, it’s wise to always do two things:

2 – Keep multiple backup sets (in the form of USB drives, DVD’s or online cloud storage services).






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