Discussion in 'Digital Discussion & Q&A' started by FEP, Dec 11, 2017.
Are SD cards and micro-SD cards reliable as archival storage media?
I would suggest against that. I'd probably buy an external hard drive to back everything up on, if I was you.
For two reasons: 1) more reliable & 2)harder to lose!
I would suggest you purchase three external drives and copy everything on to all three.
Then keep them in three separate buildings.
Kingston gives lifetime warranty on their SD cards. Does that mean that the cards do not degrade for a lifetime? And therefore the data remains intact for a lifetime?
Their warranty only covers replacement cards. It WILL NOT cover any lost files.
NO ONE guarantees that.
Sparky gave the best answer...3 drives, 3 locations. If you live in southern California, one location should be in Nevada somewhere. Using the cloud is a good choice, but you'll have to pay monthly fees forever and risk your images being stolen more easily.
As for SD cards, HOW would you physically label them to show date, venue, people, etc? And being able to find something quickly?
I'm probably an oddball, as I use a separate folder for every event, date, vacation, family date, etc. That makes it easy to find 'such and such' from November 2015, for example. But finding 'Uncle Joe' across 10-15 years worth of images...quite time consuming. Adobe Lightroom provides a fantastic catalog system, but I choose not to use it.
The lifetime warranty on SD cards does not apply across all brands. That suggests that different brands of SD cards have different quality. Is it therefore true that the brands that offer lifetime warranty are better than those who offer 2-5 yr warranty?
How is an SD card of one brand be different in physical constitutes from another?
Of course, comparisons are between cards of same size and speed (write or read).
You pay more and get a lifetime warranty. You're paying for the warranty, not an über-fantastic card.
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