In the last year we’ve had two friends lose digital photos when they were burglarized.
My girlfriend that I mentioned in the blog this morning not only lost all of her electronics, she also lost some of her digital baby photos that she hadn’t backed up yet.
A few months ago our friend’s house and car were broken into. The thieves stole his laptop and his digital camera.
Our friend was an early adopter of digital photographer and probably had at least 10 years worth of digital photos of his children on the laptop and a bunch in the camera that he hadn’t transferred over yet.
He had not been backing up his digital images to CD, DVD, other hard drives, or to a photo site like Shutterfly. So he has lost ALL of it! (He could actually track his computer and could tell the police the address that his laptop was currently at and the police refused to go and get it. I am still trying to figure that out.)
So I am wondering how many other families out there are dropping their digital images into one family computer and assuming they will be there forever? Are you backing up your digital family photos? If so, how? If not, why? Does my friend’s story make you want to immediately run home and burn some dvds?