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Old Oct 27, 2008, 7:04 PM   #11
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You could print some of them on acid free paper and mount them in an acid free album.

At least you could pull the photos out and enjoy them.

Other than that I'd keep a copy of them on DVD and put them in a fireproof safe or safety deposit box.
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Old Nov 1, 2008, 6:34 PM   #12
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We acturally purchaed to original, we were offered the change to purchase them before he deleated them from his database. The wedding was June of 06.
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Old Nov 2, 2008, 1:24 AM   #13
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Upload them into the cloud.

Companies like Flickr, Google, Microsoft, etc. will soon (are already if you know where to look) making available storage for customers. They take care of backups and moving files to new storage media as the old expire. Nothing is forever, but as long as they are digital they can be copied an infinite number of times without degrading. So put them in the cloud, they will probably still be there in the last days of humanity.
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Old Nov 2, 2008, 7:57 AM   #14
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You might add Adobe's Photoshop.com into that mix. It uses Adobe Flash (surprise! surprise!) so it's slow on a slow internet connection, but it works well, the first 2GB is free, and it can work directly with Facebook, Flickr, Photobucket and Picasa.

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Old Nov 2, 2008, 3:53 PM   #15
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This post in another forum on this site seems to have answered your question:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=78



You also might want to consider DvD RAM instead of regular DvD. The DvD RAM has better data integrity as it acts more like an HDD because it includes some features for routing around defects and zoning the physical disk for quick access to information stored on disk. In this sense, the way an operating system addresses a DVD-RAM disk, it's not unlike having a 4.7GB hard drive for storing data, without all the potential for failure if you accidentally drop the disk.

In summary, DvD RAM exhibits:

* Superior Data Integrity
* Faster Transfer rates
* Rewritable 100000 times vs 1000
* DVD-RAM is a true Rewritable disc. It can overwrite without erasing
* Durability. DVD media is written between two clear layers, sandwiched.
this allows two direct benefits:
1. The data layer is more protective against scratching
2. DVD media is symmetric and will resist warping due to heat and
other environmental factors
* Larger capacity.
Available 2.6GB, 5.2GB Double sided, 4.7GB, and 9.4GB double sided
Cartridge (type II) and removable cartridge (type III and IV)
* Allows direct video streaming from video source
* Fully compatible with DVD camera systems

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Old Nov 13, 2008, 10:58 AM   #16
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You also might want to consider DvD RAM instead of regular DvD.
I can see two problems with DVD RAM:
(1) it is quite hard to buy blank DVD RAM discs nowadays.
(2) DVD RAM is extremely unfriendly with Macs.
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Old Nov 13, 2008, 11:36 AM   #17
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As I seem to recall, a flash drive will maintain its information for about 100,000 hours or so. Something over ten years, give or take. CDs/DVDs, if properly stored, somewhat longer. Hard drives, considerably longer.
The latest specs I see for some of the SSDs (Solid State Drives) seem to indicate an MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) of 2 Million hours for drives based on SLC (Single Level Cell) memory, and 1 Million hours for drives based on MLC (Multi-Level Cell) memory (roughly 114 years).

But, I'm not so sure I'd trust those numbers. ;-)

I've only got one setup using SSD media right now (a little Eee PC Netbook I got not long ago with 16GB of storage on SSD). The nice thing about it is that it's relatively fast to boot (especially since I've got one with Linux versus Windows installed), and it's shock resistant (no need to worry about head crashes if you bump or drop the netbook while it's writing to storage).

Latency and poor performance with random reads and writes using smaller block sizes tends to be an issue with most of the current crop of SSDs though. Intel looks like they've made some huge breakthroughs in this area recently. Here's a recent blog entry by Linus Torvalds (of Linux fame) about them:

http://torvalds-family.blogspot.com/...ntel-ssds.html

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Here's one example of a manufacturer quoting very good MTBF numbers (1.5 Million hours in this case), with relatively inexpensive SSDs available (compared to some of the others anyway):

http://www.ocztechnology.com/product...ata_ii_2_5-ssd

But, with 2 year warranty, I'm not so sure I'd trust the MTBF numbers. lol

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Trust the cloud!!

http://www.jungledisk.com/

Okay, it can perhaps be a bit expensive in the long term, but it will get cheaper.
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Trust the cloud!!
I did that one time before. The company that owned the site I used went "belly up" without any warning at all until the servers were no longer available and press releases hit about their financial problems. ;-)


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