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Buy a Maxtor external storage unit. It connects directly to 1394/firewire, USB and now USB 2. Capacities up to 160GB. Their nice 'cuz now you can have multiple copies of your files (on your machine, and this box), and it makes transferring files from machine to machine much easier. Is it archival, safe, etc? No solution is "the solution". My choice has been to have multiple copies, insuring if something goes bad, I can recover. MikeA ----- Original Message ----- From: "Job" <email@example.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2002 1:29 PM Subject: Re: Storage > Kay, > > > Waht do people use for archiving thir precious digital files now? Does anyone > > know the presumed longevity of hard drives, CDs, and DVDs. Which one gives > > the most reliable long-term storage, and are there any brands which are better > > tahn others. I've been using the Kodak Silver/Gold Cds, but they are no > > longer making them. > > Quality is certainly an issue with home-made CD's... Guess it won't be > difficult > to find a decent test in some PC magazine... Personally I only use Philips > Premium Silver Professional CR-R's, which were tested best in Holland some year > ago. > > > I'm also using hard drives, but am not sure how long they > > are supposed to last. DVD is still quite expensive. > > Nothing is 100% reliable: when copying one hard disk to another recently I found > that one file did't make it (binary images differed). Nothing wrong though > according to several disk scans... > > I myself would be very happy if the issue of writable DVD standards would be > resolved... Still too many types to be able to make a decision... But being > forced to burn 100-200 CD's a year (and store them somewhere) doesn't sound > very attractive either! DVD cost would be less of an issue for me. > > Curious what others think... > > Job > - > Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate > subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. > - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.