Scan and Save Your Important Documents
When Typhoon Ondoy hit the Metro last year, most of my dad’s documents were washed out. Those files were way back 1950’s and most of them were old photos of my grandpa and grandma and books that were written by my dad. My father’s house was a mess and he even paid some teenagers to clear all the mud and garbage. Some were salvaged but most of it gone to waste.
A few months ago, my dad started bringing important files to my house, those which he was able to save. I was so happy to see some old old photos of me and of the whole family. Our house is situated in a “high place”, and we have extra rooms we can use as a storage, so space is not a problem at all. I think the first and I hope the last time, that our house was flooded was in 1990’s and that’s because of really heavy rains that the nearby man made river overflowed.
Since technology has blessed us with printers and scanners, which is what I have at home, I started a document scanning vigil, hoping to capture the essence of those old photos. Some of the books my dad wrote 50 years ago, luckily can fit in the scanner.
I hardly use our printer-scanner, only when I need some photos for my blogs that were taken when digital camera was just a pigment of the inventor’s imagination,lol.. Now, I think it’s cranking a little or maybe it just need some lovin’..
8 thoughts on “Scan and Save Your Important Documents”
We can’t do anything about natural calamities, but we can prevent something to happen like this one. Just be thankful that you guys are still safe after the Ondoy typhoon. I’ve heard that another typhoon will visit the country, so just think what you can do ahead of time like saving documents! LOL
SOrry, it took so long to approve your comment,lol.. Been busy these past two days. The typhoon didn’t hit the Metro so we’re fine. Thanks 🙂
This is a good tip. I also do this with me and my wife’s important documents such as birth certificates, diplomas, passport copies, work permits. With documents like passports I always save a latest copy on my Google Docs. You can upload your file there and make it private before uploading so it will not be available to anyone except you. Great thing about it is anytime I need it, I just go to the nearest computer with internet and download or print it. Or you could always buy a nice keychain USB Flash drive – I have one with me. I have resume and some cetificate copies in there.
OO nga no. I’ll check Google Docs too. That key chain is a great idea Noel.. thanks 🙂
DropBox is free for 2GB. Amazon is actually quite cheap 0.10$ per GB per month.
Wow! That’s great! I’ll try that.. Thanks again 🙂
You can also upload those to some secure replicated storage online for safe-keeping, like DropBox or Amazon S3.
I’ve heard of Amazon S3 but I think it costs a lot.. does it? A friend mentioned it and I think storing his back-ups for his sites.. But will look into it.. Thanks for the info 🙂