What media should I use for long term backups? I’m talking about data here, not movies or anything similiar, just data.
I tried burning a few DVDs back in ~2002, for that I used a PX708a… + some white verbatim -r 4x discs (don’t have any other info on them) the results weren’t too hot, after about 8 months or so the discs were unreadable in 5-6 drives… that devastated me, since I had never had any problems with CD-R’s failing, if you bought maxell/verbatim cd-r’s, they’d usually last, hell, even lesser cd-r manufacturers seemed to do a decent job.
Anyway… I kinda gave up on DVDrs then… for about 2 years… then I tried again, this time with a few nec-burners and of course, verbatim discs again… same results… after a few months the discs kinda died… some returned crc-errors… some didn’t read at all. I tried with all kinds of verbatim discs, different batches… +/- media… 16x, 8x… nothing seemed to work… so I gave up… again… and now, here I am, 2 years later… ready for another try… . hoping that things will have improved and that there is some media / drive combination out there that is reliable for media that’ll last for 10 years+, at least.
Using raidsetups with HDD’s to store the information isn’t an option atm, far too expensive and I really don’t have room for more servers here, so far the DVD format has been really disappointing for when it comes to data storaging… and CDrs just don’t cut it anymore, sizewise.
(I store all my media in a dark space… where humidity is fairly low and temperatures range between 23-25C and in Jewelcases of course)