Currently I am using DVD+R discs to save my media library. I’ve been hearing from other people that hard disks are cheaper or not much more expensive compared to DVD media. Even if they in fact may cost quite a bit more including an enclosure, they would take up much less physical space and make it easier to read back the information.
What worries me is, how reliable hard drives are in long term? Is it true that after one or two idle years, an attempt to start the HDD would result in much damage?