yeah i agree… to make sure u dont lose your important data i would just burn to quality dvd media such as TY or Verbatim dvd’s… and then if u have more than 1 pc i would make copies of it across both pc’s and even having another backup copy of your important data on another dvd would not be a bad idea… or even some external hdd’s … cause this way the odds of losing your data is slim to none.
cause i even store some data i would rather not lose on my xbox game console … i periodically update it with the newest stuff… but i always put stuff i dont want to lose on my mitsui cd-r’s/ and more recently 8x DVD-R TYG02 TY media.
hell, even storing stuff on a flash memory stick might not even be a bad idea for another source to store data… and even online storage would be a good idea … cause i figure if u where to have a fire and your house got burned down atleast u would still have a copy of your data online… online wise, i prefer to use the gmailfs on gmail
cause for me i highly doubt if u use quality cd/dvd media that they will be dying anytime soon… im guessing they will last an easy 5 years+ if not 10+ years, and by that time you can almost guarentee that another major format will be out that u will most likely need to convert all your important data to anyways… i think even under non-optimal storage conditions with temp/humidity i still think cd’s seem pretty reliable… cause in my room the humidity im sure aint in optimal ranges same with temps although im sure sunlight is never a issue.
just some thoughts … but i figure if using all or most of the methods i mentioned… it’s quite unlikely your data will ever be lost.