Originally Posted by GoneTomorrow
Also, when I interned in my college's slide library back in college, they were using "archival CDs" for slide scans which were made to higher standards than your typical $.03 CD. They were guaranteed never to lose data within 100 years even under less than ideal conditions.
This is important, there are different levels of CDs, DVDs and even now Blu-Ray (which have some point for storage of files) particularly in their reaction to light. Leave a cheap one in the sunlight for a while and its surface will peal.
I do agree that sold state storage is great and I use it for documents and the like, but the size issue becomes an issue in digital media. For example, I'm a moderate level hobbyist photographer. I just reloaded my main system. and I had to back up and copy 490GB of data. That is a lot of SD / CF cards. (it's also a frightening number of DVD's)
And I'm still shooting. And my raw's are getting bigger. ( a raw file from my Minolta was 8MB, my Nikon D7000 is 18mb!)
Also, I like online back up as the idea, but I have heard some horror stories.
Then again, you'll hear some from hard drive back up as well.
Main thing is to have your backups (more than one) one more than one type of system (ie online & HD, external & internal, optical & HD, etc)
If you're going to be using external, think seriously about eSATA, firewire, or USB 3.Edited by beldecca - 3/8/11 at 7:42pm