How do I preserve my digital files?

  • Identify and select what to save
  • Organize the files selected to be saved
  • Save copies on at least two different storage media (e.g., USB drive and external hard drive) and keep these in separate physical locations
  • Migrate saved copies to a current storage medium about every five years

See more at Digital Preservation. View the Library's webcasts on personal archiving.


Last Updated: Mar 02, 2021
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