Long Term Storage

Hi.
I’m glad there’s a section of the forum for dumb newbie questions, because I have a feeling this is one of them.

Anyway, I am looking for the best, longest lasting cd-r/dvd-r I can buy, regardless of whether it will become obsolete.

I have found this product-
http://www.verbatim.com/products/detail.cfm?product_id=DD0AB815-1143-3415-5F476B7AA59396C5&cat_id=980D3EE0-28C3-4134-B728BAE68C3BC40D

Is this the best I can get? Does anyone have a better alternative (specific products, please)?

Also, should I be looking for a cd-r or dvd-r for archiving? Is there a difference in stability/longevity?

Thanks!! :slight_smile:

Welcome to the forum :slight_smile:

Not sure about the gold element, but the Verbie Archival Grade discs are a good choice IMO.

Aside from what media to use, as a general rule I always tend to have my archives on more than one set, with both sets being made by a different manufacturer. I wouldn’t keep just the one set, no matter how good the discs were :wink:

For example: I keep one of my sets on Verbatim discs (not the Archival Grade ones though, just regular 16x DVD+R), and the second set on discs Made in Japan by Taiyo Yuden (these are available online, or in B&M stores under various brands, depending on what part of the world you live in).

Personally I think the choice between CD-R and DVD R is yours, depending on how much stuff you have to archive. I use a mixture of both. :slight_smile:

Cd’s have been around a lot longer and have more evidence for long term storage than dvds. They may be slightly better than dvds, with less degradation, but I’m not aware of any real proof of this. Just an impression I’ve gotten from reading in various forums devoted to media. If the smaller storage space isn’t a problem, the Verbatim cd’s you’ve chosen should be pretty good.

I think I would use different types, as Arachne recommends though. The Taiyo Yuden cds are all that I burn, and haven’t seen any fail so far.

A third type of storage might be a good idea, especially if the data is irreplaceable. You might consider an external hard drive, used only for backup purposes, then stored in a safe area. Use this in addition to the optical disk backups.

[QUOTE=Kerry56;2298250]
A third type of storage might be a good idea, especially if the data is irreplaceable. You might consider an external hard drive, used only for backup purposes, then stored in a safe area. Use this in addition to the optical disk backups.[/QUOTE]

Yep I agree, I also keep a backup on an external HDD. :slight_smile:

Has anyone ever used or heard of MAM-A? I’ve heard they specialize in archival quality media.

http://www.mam-a.com/

RM

Plenty of posts/threads about them in the Blank Media section, but never used them personally. :slight_smile:

[QUOTE=Arachne;2298329]Yep I agree, I also keep a backup on an external HDD. :)[/QUOTE]

I completely agree with Lin on having them backed up to an external HDD, in addition to either dvd’s or cd’s.

Thanks.

A couple more questions:

I found these as well

http://www.mam-a-store.com/20113-100.html

(it has the phtalocyanine dye, which is supposedly more stable)

In terms of quality/longevity, not price, would it be better to go with the Verbatim CDs or these?

And what type of Taiyo Yuden CD would be the best?

Those Mam-A disks are outrageously expensive, and not worth it. I’d just get the Taiyo Yuden Watershield cds, which you can find here, among other places: http://www.rima.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=R&Product_Code=1163&Category_Code=CM

If you’re wanting to back up photos you could always store them online as well.
I started uploading mine but got bored after a couple of gig.

the best long term storage is not an optical disc, but actually a hard drive that you record your data to then physically REMOVE from your computer.

It’s also WAY faster than any optical media either reading or writing.

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