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I would recommend you be very careful when backing up to optical disk based media. Test every disk you burn on multiple readers. In the past I found that occasionally a disk could be read on the reader that burned it but not other readers. Make multiple copies. A single disk may be scratched or in some other way destroyed. A second copy provides ...


I would say yes to Blu Ray for a few reason: More cost effective than harddrives when producing multiple backup. I'm not saying its cheaper overall, but if you want to backup in small chunks, you don't have to spend 100s of dollars in one go. You can backup when you need it, instead of accidentally running out of room on a hard disk drive and needing to ...


You best way to go for this is using an actual website. Put the images in 3 folders: thumb resolution screen resolution print resolution Make a HTML file that has - for example- a chain of left-floating divs or a table if you prefer that. <div style="float:left;"><a href="\screen\img1.png"><img src="\thumb\img1.png"> <a ...


There is optical media specifically designed for archival purposes. It's available for CD and DVD, but I'm not sure about Blu-ray. This article has some good information. Personally I go with SATA HDDs. Hard disks have known longevity characteristics, they're quite cheap for reasonable sizes (certainly cheaper per GB than any archival optical media). I ...


A blu-ray disk stored properly is preferable to long term storage on hard disks. There are no moving parts on a disc while a hard drive has motors and electronic parts that can fail. Also a hard drive that sits and is rarely used is a disaster waiting to happen. Hard drives a made to spin all the time. I feel that storing important information such as ...


I would not trust any media that starts with a flat plastic disk and burns bits into it. CD, DVD, Blue-Ray, whatever is next. The track record for CDs and DVDs is bad, they go bad in as few as five years. I don't want to start using a media and finding out that it is as obsolete as a 8 inch floppy. Plastic disks are also dog slow. Hundreds or thousands of ...


This doesn't speak to your exact question, but if you are backing up a lot of files, I would highly recommend creating PArchive parity files for the data you back up. Basically PArchive files (generally *.par, *.par2 or *.par3) are checksum and parity files. As such, they allow the detection and recovery of files from limited bit-rot, using a mechanism ...


I recently came to the conclusion that almost none of this is ideal. I would rater put my items in the cloud with someone else doing the backup maintenance. Here was my dilemma. Just the other day I went to turn on my two external HDD and the newest of the bunch (WD 3TB) refused to be recognized by my computer. I thought it just needed a reboot so unplugged ...

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