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Old Jan 2, 2007, 5:08 PM   #21
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That brings up a good point. 20 years from now when we want to view are pictures, will we be able to. The CD is almost gone now and who know how much longer the DVD has.Maybe on-line storage is a better solution for the ones we decide are keepers or possibly a removable hardrive. Then it would just keep being moved to whatever is the latest and greatest.Obviously, some of these large raw files add up quickly. Possibly a 300GB - 500GB external harddrive would bea betteranswer- Bruce
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Old Jan 2, 2007, 6:18 PM   #22
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A little tip from my own misfortune. Buy expensive DVDs. I always bought bulk DVDs and CDs in spindles of 100. Tried to access some DVDs that are 6 months old and both copies have failed with the same folders!!

Now in the process of recovering what I can with Bad Copy Pro (fantastic program!).

Whatever medium you use will fail at some point, although photos on cds from 3 years ago are still perfect!


Lesson hopefully learnt.



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Old Jan 2, 2007, 6:35 PM   #23
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I think it was said in a previous discussion here. If you want it to last forever, get it printed. Not on your inkjet either. Have it done professionally. I bet in 20 years there will be no DVD players available. Who knows what the next media will be.

Most of my photos, only I appreciate anyways. When I am dead, nobody will care. So as long as they last at least another 40 years, I'll be happy.
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Also, at least with CDR's, it has been prooven that CDR discs are far more likely to fail over time than CDRW due to the way the data is written.
Might you have gotten that backwards?

If you use mastering software the data is written the same way except to less stable media. The data format and surface coding is the same.

If you use packet writing to RW you introduce a lot more ways you can lose data.
No, not backwards, and not packet writing. Write to the media like you would a CDR, but on CDRW media (burn and finalize). It's been a while, but the layer of the disc that the data is written to is obviously different and the RW discs don't fade or whatever like R discs do.

Like I said, it's been almost a decade since I worked in the business and followed the topic closely, and my memory on the specifics is a little fuzzy. I know I read about it in more than one trade rag though because I didn't lend much too it the first time I read it, but then I started seeing it in other mags or internet sites from different sources. I wish I had a link.
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Old Jan 2, 2007, 8:33 PM   #25
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That brings up a good point. 20 years from now when we want to view are pictures, will we be able to. The CD is almost gone now and who know how much longer the DVD has.Maybe on-line storage is a better solution for the ones we decide are keepers or possibly a removable hardrive. Then it would just keep being moved to whatever is the latest and greatest.Obviously, some of these large raw files add up quickly. Possibly a 300GB - 500GB external harddrive would bea betteranswer- Bruce
I think the best practice is to keep back them up to whatever popular storage of the time. External hard drive can easily fail as hard disks have very limited shelf life as well. And your external HDD interface may no longer be supported in the future. Online vendors can go out of business as well.
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