[TriLUG] Safest long-term media

Scott G. Hall ScottGHall at BellSouth.Net
Mon Jul 13 12:10:26 EDT 2009

Christopher L Merrill wrote:
> Joseph Mack NA3T wrote:
>> paper. This was quite a lot of storage not so long ago, but not 
>> anymore when a 16G flash drive is about the same price. I imagine the 
>> b.e.r. on writing, storing and reading from paper is higher than from 
>> flash or hard disks.
> Certainly true. But the OP requested _long_term_ storage. Flash, HD,
> recordable optical media and even mag tape degrade over time...some
> rather quickly.
> Did you have a better alternative?
> I'm not necessarily pushing the paper option, but I am curious what
> our options for long-term are.  I've got a number of archives of
> photos, video, etc that I backed up several years ago on CDs...and
> this got me thinking that they are degrading and not as secure as
> I thought at the time.

I know of some papyrus documents that has lasted for some 2000 years ...

Scott G. Hall
Raleigh, NC, USA
ScottGHall at BellSouth.Net

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