That is exactly what I asked myself about a month before my Playstation 3 hard drive crashed on me. While I have always been cautious about my computer back-ups and archiving precious documents I never spent time thinking about all the media files I keep on my PS3. Then one day my Playstation 3 hard drive crashed and all my content was gone! I had years of movies, music and photos accumulated and it was now all gone. I was upset about this and wondered why there was not a very easy way to back up your Playstation 3.
So the next day I came into the DIGISTOR offices and spoke to some of our design engineers wondering why there was not a simple and inexpensive way to backup your Playstation 3? It ends up our awesome engineering team already had a solution they had been using internally and testing was nearly complete! There had been a lot of talk about the value of an external media and backup drive for Playstation 3, but we were not sure of the markets interest level of such a product. I asked our lab for one of their prototypes and sent some home with our employees to use. The conclusion was that this DIGISTOR Playstation 3 hard drive was very easy to use and we thought our customers would also enjoy the ability to easily back-up their entire PS3 operating system. Once we had completed our development process we put the new product for sale online and at a few of our distributors to see if our customers agreed. We were pleasantly surprised to see how many people had the same problem as I did and with no other easy-to-use inexpensive solution on the market, our PS3 backup drive took off!
You can now back up your entire PS3 using the Playstation backup utility to the DIGISTOR™ Hard Drive for PS3 and also play back video files – any standard or high definition Divx or MPEG files (with no copy protection and < 4GB). Completely portable powering off of USB with no A/C adapters needed.
View photos and images using the PS3 Photo album rendering system, as well as Listen to your audio files, complete with album art (files with no copy protection).
When we first released this product a few years back, it was just an idea our engineers thought would help a few people. Now we have extended the models to include Xbox 360 and PS3 both at 500GB & 1TB models based on customer demand. This is a very easy to use product that will give you an extra layer of security for all of your media files stored on your gaming device, and we learned something very important: We learned to build products we think are cool and solve a problem, regardless of how much perceived value is in such a solution. Do yourself a favor and make sure and take care to back-up all your media files or your entire PS3 OS before that hard drive crashes!
Yet another online backup company has launched this week, this one offering what they call “infinite cloud storage”. Unlimited storage across multiple devices and operating systems for $10 month sounds pretty good and I might even give their service a try. But what struck me as odd is the company’s proclamation that with the launch of their service “the hard drive is now dead”. I understand this is just a marketing spiel; but if hard drives are dead then where are they storing my unlimited data?
Cloud backup simply means you are sending your data to a cluster of servers hosted offsite and accessed over the internet; and those servers use hard drives….lots of hard drives. Of course the transition to flash, SSD and other new storage technologies is well under way; but to say the hard drive is dead is just not true.
The holidays have come and gone and if you are like me that means plenty of new photos and home video from family gatherings, parties and travels. For most of us the end of the Holiday season also means it time for some New Year’s resolutions. Well we are a few weeks into January now and I’ve already broken most of my resolutions, but one that you must not break is to finally backup and archive all of your photos, video and data.
We hear so many horror stories from people who have lost all of their photos, videos or other personal data because they were not properly backed up or archived. There is no shortage of backup products available on the market today, so there is really no excuse to not have some sort of protection in place for your valuable data and files.
With so many available options to back up your data, choosing the right solution can be overwhelming. The most important decision to make is simply to not procrastinate and do something! Whether you decide to use an external hard drive, flash drive, online backup provider or RAID solution, it is imperative that you perform regular backups for continuous protection of your latest data.
If you’re a Pocket Camera user you may have noticed over the past few years you’ve used your digital camera less and your cell phone more. I know it’s true of myself. My iPhone camera is always with me, synced effortlessly with my PC, and backs up to iCloud. When I do use my Casio Exilim or Olympus pocket cameras I often times don’t sync these with my computer for days after the event.
We’ve seen a few WiFi pocket cameras hit the market, but CES 2013 shows that we are about to see a lot more, with nearly every manufacturer offing WiFi model cameras. You may be sucked back into using your digital pocket camera if it easily backed up to your PC or Mac over WiFi. Using a digital camera with WiFi and a good backup or archive program will make sure you can enjoy the original pics snapped and keep you using your pocket cam for more than large outings or events.
As these cameras continue to adapt new technology, you’ll see similarities with your digital pocket cam and your cell phone with apps. We area always looking for easier ways to take, sync, share, archive and enjoy our pictures.
Whether you decide to keep your account open or not, we at DIGISTOR thought we’d let you know there is a way to download all your Instagram files to your PC or Mac, then archive them to Blu-ray disc for safe keeping.
Using instaport.me you can download all your Instagram photos to your computer in a single .zip file. You can unzip this file in your photos folder so you can easily view them. Also using REWIND you are now able to select the photos you’d like archived to Blu-ray disc. It’s simple and secure!
Side note: instaport.me is being hammered right now, and may be very slow at responding. Give it some time to settle, and then export and archive away!instaport.me has opened up secondary servers for overflow and is able to give you your Instagram photos within a few minutes of request!
Cloud backup, external hard drive, USB drive, tape or optical drive; it’s easy to be confused with so many options for backing up your data and files.
There are pros and cons to every backup solution, but if want to permanently backup your photos, video, music and other data then archiving to recordable Blu-ray is the clear choice. Here are 5 reasons why:
Cost – Blu-ray drive prices have come down significantly over the past few years, but more importantly the media prices are now as low as $.04 per GB. Not too bad for a permanent data storage.
Longevity – High quality Blu-ray discs have a hard coat, scratch resistant material and can provide up to 50 years or longer archival life.
Security – Archiving to Blu-ray gives you a physical copy of your data that is not vulnerable to online data breach and can easily be stored in a safe or offsite location.
Capacity – Blu-ray discs are available in capacities of 25GB, 50GB, 100GB and 128GB allowing the average user to permanently archive a lifetime of photo’s on just a handful of discs.
Ease of Use – Using REWIND Archiving Software you can easily archive or restore all of your photos, video, music and data in 3 simple steps.
Adding files to your archived Blu-ray discs is as easy as starting the archive to begin with. Using REWIND to store your files to Blu-ray means you can continue your archive, even if you started your archive on a write once BD-R disc! Yes, you can continue burning to this same disc until it’s full, then REWIND will span multiple discs to keep your files safe no matter how many GB’s you have!
We put together a little video showing how to update and continue an archive you started using REWIND.
Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console has continually increased its hard drive size over the years, knowing that gamers consume a lot of media. How do you make sure you keep a copy of your favorite XBLA downloads/demos/profiles and game saves? Using the DIGISTOR External HDD for Xbox 360 you can copy or move your XBLA items onto a 16GB partition of the drive.
The remainder of the drive can be used for song storage, photos, and videos. DIGISTOR offers 500GB and 1TB storage solutions in USB 3.0 speeds so filling the drive with media from your Mac or PC is fast and easy!
As your iTunes collection grows, you may want to keep a permanent local copy of all your created playlists, XML files, library files and apps! Let’s face it, if you lost your iTunes collection, and had to redownload all your GB of apps, plus reorganize your music into the playlists you want, you’d be at it for days.
Just think about how many different insurance policies a typical household might have: medical, dental, life, homeowners or renters, personal articles, auto, long term disability and my favorite the personal liability umbrella. Some would say that we live in a world of insurance overload. Perhaps, but insurance makes us feel safe and we sleep well at night knowing that we are protected.
That’s why it is so surprising that most people make little or no effort to protect their most valuable and irreplaceable digital assets such as photographs, videos, music and other personal data files. The average consumer does not have their data properly backed up or archived and could easily lose a lifetime of precious data at any time.
An external hard drive is great for managing continuous backups and day to day changes in your data and the cloud is perfect for sharing, collaborating and meeting basic backup needs. However, I would not consider either of these solutions a real strategy for the long-term preservation of your digital data. Why? Well the reality is that hard drives will eventually fail; they might last a year, they might last six years. The only certainty is that they will eventually fail. While cloud backup solves this problem by offering redundant offsite backup, it opens the door for a host of other concerns and you should really think twice before offloading your permanent data storage to the cloud. “Another Day another Cloud backup company”
To truly ensure the long-term protection and preservation of your digital photos and files, it is important to properly archive to a data storage media that is specifically designed for longevity such recordable Blu-ray. DIGISTOR’s Personal Archive Recorder comes with everything you need to permanently archive and easily manage and restore a lifetime of personal digital files. We like to think of it as an insurance policy for your digital data.