[QUOTE=SeanW;2260885]Well, here is the backup regime I would recommend.
- Primary copy: System hard drive
- DVDs if there are a lot of photos, preferably 8x Taiyo Yuden DVD+R or some AZO Verbatim, these to be used for primary backup and for viewing on other machines from time to time. For smaller amounts, CDs might be better.
- If you happen to be renting a locker or storage area in a public warehouse, or have another off-site storage option, I would recommend as a third and final backup, for the most important things, the Falcon Century CDs, or if you can’t easily get those, Taiyo Yuden CDs. This so that for example in the event of something really bad happening like a house fire or a flood or something, your most important pictures, such as those of family, will be preserved on top-rate media off-site.
I would say your asbolute best bet for backup/archiving important data is a high quality recordable optical disk.[/QUOTE]
First of all, thanks to all of you who replied. I really appreciate it.
Second, to answer some of your replies: I have my pictures on hard drive, but I’m worried about possible viruses/worms destroying them, despite having a good anti-virus program (therefore, the question I asked). Even though, I agree with most of you about having two or more types of backup, I really can’t afford it right now. Hate to sound cheap, but there it is. I can really only afford buying the blank disks that are sold at my local stores. Wal-Mart only has Maxell and Memorex CD-Rs, while Dollar General only has TDK. I can’t write to a DVD, because my hard drive has a DVD-ROM. So, it sounds like CD-Rs are my best bet.
My question now is, are the CD-R brands that I mentioned good enough for backing up my pics? Which is the best of those three that I listed?
[B]TO SEAN W:[/B] I noticed on your replies that you are avoiding all TDKs. I’m assuming that means CD-Rs and DVD-Rs. Why are you avoiding them? Is it because of errors, picture quality, losing data, or all of those reasons?