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long term data storage

By wcquan ·
What is the best way to store digital video? Disks have a limited life.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to long term data storage

While I personally do not do this I do work for some companies who do exactly this sort of thing and they store their Digital Video on a HDD that is not in a computer but generally goes into a USB caddy and once the video is moved across they remove the drive and place it in a safe.

Both Tape and CD/DVD are not a reliable storage method as they start to degrade after several years and shorter if not treated properly so the people who do this professionally use a HDD and write in the actual disk case what is stored on the drive and then place it in a safe area where there are no magnetic fields that can adversely affect the drives. These are also in a fireproof safe so that if there is a fire the chances of loosing the data is minimized.


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by korgmeister In reply to long term data storage

beside HDD, you might want to consider to use Solid State Disk..
the price of that kind of hardisk is going to be astronomical lol..

mostly it is use by government for nuclear research program and such..

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by TheChas In reply to long term data storage

While it is true that many if not most recordable optical disks are not reliable for long term storage, you can get archival quality blank CD-R and DVD-R disks.

One US source is:

Light Impressions also sells a variety of other archival supplies for long term storage of data and documents.

Even older low speed CD-R disks (12X and less) when recorded using an older CD-RW drive have a significantly longer shelf life than the current crop of cheap high speed disks.


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by houxf In reply to long term data storage
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by 3xp3rt In reply to long term data storage

My opinion the most secure storage is the tape drive. But for secure you can save both to tape and optical media storage.

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by NZ_Justice In reply to long term data storage

You could but the digital video on an External HDD, If you dedicate the HDD to back up only should have long life (40 years)

Or get a nas box or san or tape drive.

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