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Saving and Scrapping - How to Preserve and Dispose of Personal Digital Archives

April 3, 2012

If you’re looking for some info on how to get started with your own personal digital archiving project  - taking care that your much beloved music collection or those videos you made on your mobile don’t get lost in the digital abyss with an accidental laptop tumble down the stairs, or rather just the ubiquitous wear and tear of technological systems -  the Library of Congress has put together a great resource on how to preserve your own digital materials.

 

Personal archiving is becoming an increasingly hot topic as much of the traces and documents of our existence are being born digital - from text documents to banks statements, photographs, videos and a whole plethora of other stuff.

Get those digital ducks in a row by selecting important material, labelling and organising your files properly and storing multiple copies in different locations.

If backing up has already become your mantra, Sean Gallagher of Ars Technica offers some useful info and tips on what to with digital material that you’re no longer in need of.  With component parts of our identities held on hard drives, he offers insight into how to dispose of our old personal digital archives without exposing ourselves -  Encrypt it, Write it Over, Beat it with a Hammer, or Put it in the Cloud, he says.

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