New Year’s Resolution – Backup and Archive your Photos

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.

For long-term storage of your photos, videos, music and other data files you will want a permanent archive.  This can easily be accomplished with easy to use products from DIGISTOR such as the Personal Archive Recorder and REWIND Archiving Software for PC and Mac.

Remember, you can always lose weight, eat better or learn a new language next year; but without a proper backup and archive you can easily lose your most precious photos, video or data forever.

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Use instaport.me and REWIND to Archive your Instagram Photos

No doubt you’ve heard about Instagram and how they are planning on using users data according to its new privacy policy. Instagram, the media, and the users are in a cyber-argument over this topic, but at the end of the day it is your personal choice where you’d like your data. Using Instagram as a photo sharing method is great, but hoping to also use it as an archive of your photos doesn’t work out so well.

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!

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5 Reasons to Use Blu-ray for Permanent Backups


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.

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How to: Update and Continue an Archive in REWIND

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.

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How To: Archive your iTunes folder Permanently

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.

Here’s a quick <1min video on how to ensure a permanent copy of your iTunes folder by archiving to Blu-ray with REWIND®

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Blu-ray BDXL Writable Discs Are Here to Stay


New advancements in optical disc technology are continuing to make their way into the consumer market.  For instance, BDXL is the newest format in the Blu-ray category. BDXL consists of 100GB BD-R/RE and 128GB BD-R discs.  Boasting even more capacity, these discs should (at one point or another) be part of your archive arsenal.

But you don’t need to wait to enjoy the benefits of Blu-ray.  You can start enjoying the benefits immediately with units such as the DIGISTOR line of Blu-ray products.  For those concerned about future compatibility with this new format, fear no more.  All DIGISTOR Blu-ray drives and the include REWIND™ software, comes with built in support for BDXL straight out of the box.  This hardware/software combination, along with REWIND’S endless disc-to-disc spanning, means your archive can truly be limitless.

In addition, there’s already so much out there for existing dual layer (50GB) and single layer (25GB) counterparts.  Watch as prices on these BDXL discs drop and most likely have a trickledown effect on single/dual layer discs as well.

By adding just 1 additional layer (3 total) to the typical 50GB disc, there’s now 100GB available space at your disposal.  How can this be done you ask?  Simply by putting more data on each layer (33.3GB to be exact).  Think of how many of us have small hard drives with data we want to keep, and ideally stored on something other than conventional USB flash, hard disk or SSD that’s completely vulnerable to electrometric fields I might add.  Simply put, no other format has this much capacity and electrometric immunity that Blu-ray XL can deliver.

Let me help by breaking it down to the all the various formats available on Blu-ray discs:

25GB BD-R single layer – A solid, reliable, most cost effective powerhouse that’s the fastest of the bunch for writing – up to 16X on some burners.  Due to their simplicity, they’re inherently the most compatible for use with stand-alone Blu-ray players and PS3 gaming console.

50GB BD-R dual layer – Offers more space per disc with a reasonable price premium.

100GB BD-R and 125GB triple/quad layer:  The latest and the greatest, requiring new Blu-ray hardware and updated software to burn. DIGISTOR supports BDXL media in REWIND, and we also sell 100GB BD-R discs.

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Not Just Another Backup Program

When speaking with friends and business acquaintances about our new software release (REWIND Archiving Software) the initial response is usually something like “um, sounds interesting but aren’t there already dozens of backup programs that do the same thing?”  It takes a quick explanation about the differences between backing up and archiving and then comes that Aha! moment.

Even if you regularly back up, the typical hard drive will fail in 3-5 years. Unless you maintain a regimented personal backup policy including multiple copies in multiple locations (which most people don’t) or are technically gifted enough to setup and maintain a comparatively expensive RAID system, your data and files are at risk art panels for inflatables.

Of course a cloud backup solution will solve some of these problems by offering redundant, offsite storage.  However, most people fail to consider several important factors before moving to the cloud.   For instance, how long would it really take to restore your all your files from the cloud?  If you have a significant amount of data it could take weeks or even months to restore.  The annual costs is also something that can quickly add up if you have large files such as photos, music or video and what happens if you have a financial setback and can’t pay for a year or so – what happens to your data?

So why is archiving with REWIND different? Well, unlike a backup, an archive is a permanent copy of your digital data such as photos, music, videos and files that you want to keep forever. Rewind allows you to easily archive all of your digital assets to a recordable Blu-ray disc which when properly used and stored have lifespan of up to 50 years or longer. If you need to restore your data, it’s as simple as inserting a disc and selecting the files you need.

Archiving to Blu-ray is not a new concept and there are several established providers of enterprise level archiving systems that utilize Blu-ray technology.  But until now the options for personal archiving have pretty much been limited to off the shelf data burning software that were not designed for ease of use for archiving or restoring.

If you want to protect a lifetime of digital photos, music, video and other precious data we encourage you to give archiving with REWIND a try.

Show Press Release: DIGISTOR Ships First-of-Kind Archiving Software for the PC and MAC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DIGISTOR Ships First-of-Kind Archiving Software for the PC and MAC.
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REWIND offers unparalleled ease-of-use for permanently archiving and restoring of digital files.

CAMPBELL, CA — July 26, 2012 — DIGISTOR announced today that REWIND™, its novel archive and restore application for the PC and MAC, is now available for retail purchase and is shipping with select hardware bundles.

REWIND software allows users to easily and securely archive all of their digital assets such as photos, movies, music and documents on scratch resistant 25GB, 50GB or 100GB Blu-ray recordable discs for permanent storage. With an embedded restore application, REWIND offers the ability via a simple 3 click process to restore files directly from the archived disc(s) to any computer without software installation required.

Compatible with all Blu-ray burners, REWIND is designed with an exceptionally user-friendly interface that can be configured in 3 simple steps as shown here: http://youtu.be/UpBmcJS_YlA. It also features unique cross-platform compatibility for use on PC or MAC. REWIND also offers several unique features such as:

• Automatic file and folder tracking:
Automatically tracks the files and folders selected for archive. File tracking keeps individually selected files up to date in the archive. Folder tracking will track changes and new files or folders added to the tracked folder

• Easily update archives and span multiple discs:
With REWIND it’s easy to update an archive as digital assets grow and can keep an archive going forever. REWIND will continue to burn to the Blu-ray disc until it’s full, then it will span to multiple discs allowing users to continuously grow an archive.

• Finish Later – Pause your archive mid-burn:
REWIND features a unique Finish Later feature, allowing users to pause an archive mid-burn and finish it later picking up right where they left off.

• Restore Anywhere:
Easily restore to any computer by simply inserting an archive disc and running the Restore app from the disc, no software installation required! Have a large archive that spans multiple discs? No problem! Simply insert the last disc in the archive and the restore application shows files across all discs and will request the discs needed for restore.

“As the amount of digital data continues to grow at an explosive rate, it’s more important than ever to maintain a secure, permanent copy of precious digital files” says Brian Friss, Vice President of DIGISTOR. “Previously, consumers and small business were reduced to backup to massive hard drives or cloud environments not under their control. REWIND is the first software of its type designed to offer reliable, scalable and easy to configure, digital archiving at an affordable price.”

REWIND is available online at www.amazon.com and www.digistor.com with a suggested retail price of $39.99. REWIND will also be bundled with all DIGISTOR Blu-ray drives beginning July 26, 2012. For more information on REWIND or other data storage or multimedia products offered by DIGISTOR, please visit www.digistor.com.

About DIGISTOR

DIGISTOR, a division of Sunland International, LLC, is a leading innovator, manufacturer and distributor of digital archiving products and secure storage solutions.

Serving the industrial and global OEM market since 2001, DIGISTOR provides industrial-grade archiving and digital-video storage solutions to consumers, professional users, SMB’s and specialized industries such as photography, broadcast, videography, medical imaging and security/surveillance.

DIGISTOR™ and Rewind™ are trademarks of Sunland International, LLC.

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