What do we want? Information.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Digital media is a file based world. There is little difference, by comparison, when we save a Word document or a digital photograph. Each are represented by data, stored in one form or another digitally. Each year we add to our digital collection of documents, photographs, music files and videos - like a digital pack rat we just can't seem to throw anything out. So what to do? Burn data DVDs? Buy hard drive storage? Store it in the cloud? What's the best answer?
Let's take these options one by one.
Storing Files on Disc Media
According to a recent article by CNET's David Terdiman titled "Busting (or not) 10 top myths about technology" (Dec. 10, 2010), "according to the Associated Press, many important digital recordings are at risk of being lost much faster than older ones on tape, and many are already gone. The problem, the study cited by the AP reported, is that some physical forms of digital media, such as CD-R discs, can begin breaking down in as little as three years."
Discs are a collection of very thin aluminum sandwiched between soft plastic and become coasters with the tiniest of scratches. In conclusion, disc media is a great short term storage solution but the risks to the physical media itself do not make it suitable for the long term.
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