Who actually has more than 12-16gb of photos?
I just bought two 16gb Sandisk at Staples and got change from a $20bill
They were $7.99+tx each.
As for storing music? think real hard about whatever $120gb SSD you see on sale
and installing it in a rugged USB or eSATA external enclosure.
I expect to upgrade from my current 120gb SSD to a 256gb as soon as I can
and when that happens what do you think I will do with my six month old
I've personally had -R optical media go "off" in as little as 18months.
a HDD stored in a drawer is perfectly readable a decade later.
How long will an SSD stored in a drawer retain it's data?
I fully intend to store one filled with mp3's (with CRC data to detect errors)
for a decade to find out.
The part that bugs me most about the archaic idea of optical media backups is the horribly painful slowness of reading the data back and the even more painfully slow process of writing it to discs in the first place.
While I can write a full DVD+R in <5minutes I can write the same data to a spinning hard drive in about 40seconds.
I don't want to think about writing 200gb of data to a stack of DVD+R discs.
ignoring the fact that it'll take 40discs I can write the same data to a HDD in a bit over an hour.
Before I go back to using optical backups for large data sets I'll take up "cutting" but unlike some neurotic wimply girl I'll do it right, I'll buy a shiny new 60cc chainsaw... and cut off a whole leg.