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I saw something on the tv the other day, the guy was looking at the best long term data (digital) storage. Conclusion? Properly stored acid free PUNCHED PAPER REALS! bigeyedsmiley.png

Edit: other than cloud farms iirc it was late and beers were had biggrin.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by IceColdBrewski View Post

LOL cassette, yea little too young for that. Good reason why I was unaware haha
Oh man, you just made me feel old. I guess that's how my dad felt when I gave him funny looks after he mentioned "8-tracks".
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Thank god somebody said this!
The sequential nature makes it less appealing, but it is good if you (more likely a company) have large files to store. Although...I suppose it could make a good temporary cache (such as when you are rendering video footage) tongue.gif
Very interesting, but I would personally worry about the tape breaking. You can, ironically, tape tape together...but the idea of it being written for computer usage doesn't make it very easy, especially if you are writing a large contiguous file. XD
The tape breaking? I'd give the likelihood of that happening somewhere between the likelihood of a DVD blowing up inside a drive and a HDD head crash. Tape breakage REALLY doesn't happen all that often.
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I saw something on the tv the other day, the guy was looking at the best long term data (digital) storage. Conclusion? Properly stored acid free PUNCHED PAPER REALS! bigeyedsmiley.png
Edit: other than cloud farms iirc it was late and beers were had biggrin.gif
That'd certainly be the longest lasting and most durable form of information storage, I can't argue with him there!
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Yeah they showed the paper reels too...geek pr0n I tell thee whistle.gif
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All business I have worked at bar 1 have used tape for all their archiving. It works, it's not the quickest but it works and isn't prone to the same sort of failures as the hard drives are.
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Day tapes, weekend tapes, month ends, year ends, tapes are backups / lines in sand NOT STORAGE teaching.gif
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This is nothing new to me. Many of the sites my mom goes to employs but tape and hard disk depending on the role. CERN even uses tape as well. 

 
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This will date me: I used to fix paper tape readers and punchers and well as the IBM punch card machines. I also used to work on the manufacturing line for the big 10" reel tape units at Storage Tek. When the hub malfunctioned on one of the reels, it usually happened during a high speed rewind. We used to come to work in the morning and at least one of the units in burn in had lost it's reel. You could find it on the other end of the warehouse smashed to bits against the wall. For fun we would line the units up and have "tape reel races". The bosses were not impressed.
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