Data/Media Safes: The Endless Advantages

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Having a safe in your home or office not only protects treasured items and important documents; but it also can help to bring you and your family peace of mind. Decades ago, it was common for average households to have at least one small safe in which to store irreplaceable items; but today, many people think that safes are only for the wealthy. This just isn’t true. Everyone can benefit from having a safe in the home; keeping jewelry, heirlooms, and documents protected.


These days, what we store on our personal computers is just as valuable, or even more so, than tangible items. Imagine the mania you and your family would experience if there was a fire or flood that destroyed all of your computer files. Everyone should be thinking about where they are storing their backup discs, software, and flash drives.


Hopefully, your precious information is being stored in a data safe; and if not, here’s why it should be:


  • Data safes offer you more fire protection than any other type of storage. Electronic data items are ruined in temperatures above 125 degrees F. Keeping these items in a data safe will assure you that they will be there, and be functional, when you need them.


  • Data safes are perfect for keeping your CD’s and tapes protected.  Safes are not just for important legal items or valuable jewelry; your music and film collection will be much better off in a data safe, than a dusty shelf where they are exposed to various types of damage.


  • Storing your media in a safe helps you and your family stay organized. Often, our backup CD’s and flash drives are tossed about from one drawer to the next or from room to room. What good are they, if you can’t place your finger on the information when you need it? In a data safe, you will always know where your media files are, and that they are protected.


  • Our data safes come in various sizes and prices to suit everyone’s needs and budget. For home, you may only need a small safe for a few CD’s and a flash drive; but for business, you may require quite a bit more space.


Remember, water damage can be as severe as fire damage. Many people live and work in hurricane areas, prone to flooding. Two or three feet of water can ruin laptops, phones, and tablets. This is why it is crucial that you remember to backup all of your information in a way that allows you to store it in a protective environment, and not just on your devices, which can be easily destroyed. A media safe is a small expense, when you consider the potential loss.

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Sentry Safes general quality comments on Fireproof Safes

I have been getting a lot of questions in regards to safes and quality of different brands.   So I am taking some time to address a well known brand. Sentry Safe. 

Many of Sentry Safes products are good to fair quality at a really great price.   Please keep in mind what they are advertised for and how they should be used is sometimes two different things.  What absolutely blows my bannanas is when a customer carrys their Sentry “burglar/fireproof” safe by the handle into the shop and say they need it open right away because they lost the keys. 

First notice they CARRIED it into the shop!  The only thing “buglar safe” on this is that the burglar will not hurt himself when he walks out with all your stuff in a neat and handy carry all container!

Second their jaw hits the floor when I am able to pick the lock by putting almost anything into the keyhole and jiggling it.  When the dial or keypad break it takes only a couple of seconds with a medium crow bar to open the safe. Customers are shocked when they watch me do this.

On a positive note they are fireproof but just read the fine print on duration of fireproofing.  I will often suggest using a Sentry fireproof safe inside a larger safe to act as a  “cooler” to keep data and media protected from fire.  Putting a small Sentry inside a 350 degree fire rated safe will add the extra protection to your media related material.  Cd’s, harddrives, and other computer related material like to stay at 125 degrees and will be lost or coorupted at higher temperatures.  

One last item in regards to quality.  I talked with a man that owned a nursery and kept the business books, some cash, and papers in a Sentry Safe.  He said he has been through 3 Sentry Safes in the last 10 years.  He liked them because of the price.  After discussing how much he paid for the 3 safes and how he uses them, we came to the conclusion that it would have been more affordable if he had only bought 1 good quality commercial safe.