Data-Intensive Tasks Demand Storage Plan
For reasons of disk capacity, we need some kind of removable-media plan.Summertime, and summer memories, make offline storage management more personaland more vitalthan ever before. That digital camera, if not paired with a removable-media recorder, is the first step toward a disk crash that wipes out data wed hate to lose. For reasons of disk capacity, as well as storage safety, we need some kind of removable-media plan: not just a technology choice (CD-R? DVD-R? Im sticking with the former until at least next year), but also a discipline for using it on both a personal and an enterprise scale.
Since late 1997, all my photography has been digital, and the resulting volume of irreplaceable data has demanded a strict procedure. When I download photos to a PC, I update a CD-RW disk that I maintain for that machine, adding the new photos to its accumulating store. I then use a photo browser, such as Jasc Softwares Paint Shop Pro or Sonys PictureGear, to check the new files on that CD. If those are OK, the files on the hard disk must also be good. Only then do I erase the cameras storage medium (Memory Stick, SmartMedia or CompactFlash, as the case may be) for reuse.