By CELESTE FONG
KUALA LUMPUR: Memories of a great vacation or important occasions are best captured on camera. But consumers have been warned that digital images stored on recordable disks or hard drives will not last forever.
They face the risk of losing their treasure trove of memories within seconds by an accidental click of the button or computer virus, according to the Federation of Commercial Photographic Society.
Its secretary-general Jeffrey Sek said consumers had approached their members to help salvage or restore images destroyed after their disks were infected.
One customer stored all digital images of her two-year-old child since his birth in a compact disc without making any prints. When her computer was infected, she lost everything, he told a press conference organised by MCA Public Service and Complaints Department head Datuk Michael Chong.
Sek advised consumers to get their digital images printed so that they could keep them for years to come.
Many consumers have the impression that images stored on recordable disks last forever.
There are tips to preserve the disks but they can be tedious as one needs to store the CDs at a certain temperature and under specific conditions which may not be convenient for ordinary consumers.
Also, new technology keeps emerging with gadgets being produced and what is considered new will turn obsolete like the VHS tapes.
Sek said the society now had more than 2,500 members nationwide and consumers could always pick the most convenient photo studio to print their photographs.
The society is currently running a campaign to create awareness on the risk of storing digital images on recordable disks and advising consumers on the importance of printing their photos.
Sek said the average price was now 60 sen per 4R print while those printing a large quantity would get further discount.