archival strategies?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by zimv20, Dec 13, 2009.

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    zimv20

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    my audio drive is just about full (it's drive #2 in my powermac). i do regular backups of it to an external drive.

    i've identified some 25-30 gig of material that i'd like to archive to something other than an external drive -- i'll probably never need to access this material again, but would like to keep it just in case.

    any suggestions on what to use? I was thinking of dvd+rw, which my machine can handle, though i've never done it. i'm open to other options, but cheaper is better.

    i'm running Tiger, if that matters.

    software-wise, i have Backup, Carbon Copy Cloner, and SuperDuper.
     
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    Tape tends to be the standard for archival, but it's expensive and a hassle compared to DVD. Some are adamant discs erode over time, but there are DVDs promising 100 years' archival life.

    So... I don't know. Maybe pay the premium for "archival discs" and burn to a fresh one every few years.

    And if your files are under 4GB, you're best just make a burn folder in the Finder.
     
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    zimv20

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    right, I'm gonna give it a go with DVD-R and Backup.

    i'm reading that DVD-R seems less error prone than DRD-RW and DVD+ anything.
     
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    You can get gold-coated CDRs that have a 50-100 year storage life, at reasonable prices:
    http://www.amazon.com/Verbatim-9615..._m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1NBHGMJJ0QSF69S7B6NF

    I'm not sure if gold-coated DVD blanks are available (if they are, probably would cost a little more)

    If the 25-30gig of data exists in chunks that are small enough to fit on CDR's, the gold CDR's might offer the best shot at reliable long-term storage.

    Burn them at medium or lower speeds, store them in jewel cases away from light, and they'll probably outlast you!

    - John
     
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    zimv20

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    thanks for the other suggestions. for anything which is important to me, i keep multiple copies. for the task at hand, i'm comfortable with only the one copy.
     

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