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It shouldn't really matter, as long as you read the data from time to time. Recent hard drives should detect minor read problems well before they cause data loss and then either re-write the fading sector or relocate it to a spare sector without any intervention from the computer. If this was a really common problem, then the drive would probably do this on its own, occationally verifying each track on its own and fixing bad sectors. Scott --On Sunday, March 17, 2002 9:49 AM +0000 Bob Frost <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > Does anyone know how frequently archival data stored on hard disks > should be refreshed? > > Bob Frost > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Ken Carney" <email@example.com> > > > The advice we are getting is that the multiple CD archives, even with > the best media, must be migrated every five years to new CD's or > whatever exists then. > > - > 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.