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Three Short Posts About SDHC

Posted by Andy on March 25, 2009

Moments ago, Ed The Happy FedEx Driver delivered the morning parcels. Included with a Transcend 16 gigabyte storage card were, some observations germane to the subject of Media And Storage.

Germanity #1: If Amazon.com is willing to remove ten minutes of twerpy frustration from my life at no extra charge, then I’m willing to support them with my consumer dollars. In extreme cases, I’m also willing to greet them with a soul hug that makes them feel increasingly awkward as the seconds tick away. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Can You Archive Your Digital Life on a CD/DVD?

Posted by scott on March 5, 2009

I always assumed that CDs and DVDs would last forever. But research shows that is not always the case. If you buy the cheapest thing you can get, they might deteriorate in less than three to five years. So what can you do?

Remember that quality counts. Since you are going to trust these little round discs to hold your precious data, don’t skimp on quality. Buying the cheapest blank CDs and DVDs you can find may be the worst decision you make. These cheap discs can cause problems.

In my experience, I’ve found that the gold discs give the best performance. I am now using the Delkin Deviced Archival Gold products.

Why gold? Gold foil layers don’t oxidize. Oxidation is one of the downfalls of the cheap discs. They can become unreadable. Like anything else, you get what you pay for. Gold discs offer better quality control, are properly balanced and usually have an extra layer of scratch protection.

Any good archival solution requires multiple copies of the data. CD/DVD storage should just be one facet of the plan. And when it is, be sure that you aren’t trusting your entire digital life to a cheap CD. My father used to say – “If you have a $10 head – buy a $10 motorcycle helmet.”