Re: Do Burned CDs Have a Short Life Span?

Subject: Re: Do Burned CDs Have a Short Life Span?
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 10:34:26 -0500

I have burned CDs that are now coasters... the decay is real. The
better quality CD and burner, the longer the lifespan. So don't use
those bargain deal CDs for storing your finanical records long-term.
Mix music CDs? Sure. But nothing valuable.

Paper or distributed electronic storage (several backed-up hard drives
and media types) is the best way to go.

On 1/12/06, Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com> wrote:
> See
> Gerecke's numbers (five years for a _high-quality_ burnable CD) are
> scarier than what we've heard previously.
> In the case of digital images, magnetic tape might be the best bet.
> However, in the case of tech docs and uncompiled source code, why not
> back it up onto good old paper? Worse comes to worst, you can scan it
> back into digital.

Bill Swallow
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