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Posted By: treewind
15-Aug-02 - 10:46 AM
Thread Name: TECH: How long do CDRs last?
Subject: RE: TECH: How long do CDRs last?
Golden rule of data preservation: always have at least two copies of everything.
An interesting truth has emerged form this discussion: data archival is not a static thing. The way to keep your data is to keep copying it: that way you are not dependent on the long life of any particular media, and you can upgrade to newer technology when it becomes available.

Digital storage enables this process to be continued indefinitely, whereas analogue audio recordings will eventually deteriorate, whether by media failure or copying.

(in philosophical mood)