I have 4 years worth of old HD and regular DV tapes that I haven't gotten around to editing yet. I can't imagine what I would have done if these were recorded on memory cards or the camera hard drive. I recently dropped my backup drive on the floor after purging my main drive, losing a year of edited movies. At least I still had the original footage on the tapes. I'm not great at archiving and backing up, but who is? Why this rush to abandon MiniDV tapes? Tape quality is better, they're very inexpensive and will serve as 25 year backups. Home made DVDS will start to break down in 5 years and how many drives have you crashed?