"Ripping" as a word specifically refers to the operation of extracting CDDA (Compact Disc Digital Audio)
to your computer's hard drive and storing that data (atleast temporarily) as uncompressed "WAV" files.
If you are copying files that are already stored as a compressed codec (wma, mp3, m4a, ape, etc...)
all you are doing is "copying" not "ripping", but it'll still be a slow operation because optical disc
reading is by nature as slow as creeping death if you are used to copying between 7200rpm
That concludes my grammar lesson...
Burnable media, "Burn once" R media is good for several years if properly stored.
RW media OTOH will start to develop errors after 6-9months even if stored in ideal
RW media stores the data in a metal layer that by controlled cooling from it's liquid state
is either allowed to crystalize or solidify into it's amorphous form and there is a reflection
difference between the two states. the problem is that over time the amorphous metal
returns to it's crystaline state and when that happens your 1's revert back to 0's and your
data is thereby erased....
I've long believed that the best storage for critical data is on a DISCONNECTED Hard drive
Not necissarily a USB drive (they cost more for a given data size) and not necissarily a new drive
(even an occasional new drive will fail) but one I've run for three to six months to prove it isn't a
likely warantee return candidate.
I have nothing against USB drives, but because they are portable the temptation to use then
(and carry them around) puts them at risk. Additionally if you buy it as a USB drive you are
never sure of the quality of the physical drive inside it.
Personally I use WD HDDs inside a METAL enclosure ,made by Eagle.
Don't only depend on ONE backup either.
I have atleast four updated copies of my entire media library at any given time.
and I have atleast one drive packed so well that I'd ship it anywhere in the world
in it's current packaging even if I knew it was going as deck cargo on a submarine.
it's not as much the data I'm protecting as the meta data
Currently I'm working through my library and improving the quality of the imbedded
album art images of my mp3 files
Frankly if I want "Lossless" playback I have the original (pressed) source media for 99% of my
collection I keep SOME uncompressed backups as "WAV" I maintain that HDD space is SO
cheap nowadays as to make the use of the various lossless compression codecs pointless
for the vast majority of people.
Let me put it this way... a 500gb HDD desktop drive (a WD blue) from either Newegg
or Tiger Direct is $40 (Note Free shipping from Newegg!) is $39.99 that's almost exactly $0.08/gb
And considering further that even though a CD holds 702mb of data most audio CD's contain an average
of about 500mb of music... (many considerably less) you can typically fit 1000 audio CD's as WAV (not compressed at all) onto that 500gb drive. even if all those CD's were full at 702mb you'd still get
almost 700 of them onto a 500gb drive...
Do you actually HAVE 1000 CD's? Do you have 700?
Downloaded music I presume is already in a compressed form (most likely mp3, m4a, or m4p)
Now consider that you'll often pay MORE (not on sale) for a 100disc spindle pack of DVD+R discs
that take MUCH longer to write to and MUCH longer to read from and only have at best, a 5 year
storage life for 100% data recovery and that only if you use good quality discs and the discs are
written on a good drive and you verify that another drive will read them...
Music that was downloaded as compressed media? ther is no point in doing anything other than saving it as what it already is, compressed audio. but backup, Backup, backup.
One of the forum moderators frequently says that files you only have one cpy of are files you are proving you don't care about...