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Thread #47161   Message #763817
Posted By: treewind
12-Aug-02 - 10:37 AM
Thread Name: TECH: How long do CDRs last?
Subject: RE: TECH: How long do CDRs last?
Tape has been used for storage because that's virtually all there was, but tapes have to be kept in cool dry conditions and also have to be taken out and exercised (run from one spool to the other and back) periodically to prevent print-through from becoming permanent.

Years ago the BBC didn't trust tape and kept all their sound archives on vinyl, which if you don't play it too much is pretty safe. I don't know what they use now.

Nobody's mentioned Magneto-optical disks yet. That is a very robust and stable storage medium. I have 230Mb and 650Mb M-O drives and like them a lot. Also more recently a DVD-RAM which is M-O technology storage in CD sized format, and 4.7GB per disk, or twice that if you use double sided. Minidisc also uses M-O recording and is thus a good option for long term storage.

By the way, I use a Plextor CD burner and once I sorted out a HD performance problem that was causing buffer underruns, I have been able to burn cheap disks at x24 routinely with no failures. I don't know what Plextor do that other manufacturers don't, but they have a good reputation and I have no regrets about paying a little more for a burner that I can really trust.