[QUOTE=cd pirate;2060573]DVD is safer. Stored properly, [B]it will not die[/B], providing it’s a good brand like Verbatim. [/QUOTE]
LOL, so you’re saying they’ll live forever? I doubt that, and I have had some 5 year old DVD-R from Verbatim die on me recently, so there’s always a chance of bad batches, which as a normal user one cannot recognise until it’s usually too late.
Hard drives can have a simple little thing like a power outage or surge ruin everything if you’re unlucky. It happened to someone in my family. HDD went corrupt after a power outage. There’s no way in hell a power outage would affect a DVD lol.
That HD got corrupted because it was writing at the time of the power problem. Imagine what would happen if you were writing a DVDR at the time? Right… I advise a cheap home UPS, filters out surges and keeps your PC afloat long enough for a proper shutdown. Costs very little these days.
You could even submerge dvds in water, drop them etc and they will still work. Try doing that to any hdd and it’s game over.
I am positively [B]shocked[/B] at what you propose I do to my precious DVDRs
If you have excessive amounts of data, I would make a copy onto another hdd instead and store it somewhere safe, not connected to the power, then once blu ray is cheap and reliable enough, you can burn a dozen or so of them and be done
Agreed, though the reliablity of BR remains to be seen. They’re also planning to change to organic dyes, meaning compatibility issues with current hardware… it will be a long time until BR becomes a stable and affordable format, by then it will be too small in capacity if you ask me.
Since I can no longer keep up with DVDRs, there’s too much data to store, I’m going the HD route. I’ll use external HDs, one to use (but not continuously attached), and one mirrored backup HD. Costwise it is initially more expensive than DVDR but it’s also much more convenient (smaller size and much less storage space needed, much faster, can be rewritten which saves costs etc).
Now I just need a software that will help keep the backup HD exactly mirroring the original and I’m all set