long term picture storage

May 8, 2009 at 06:10:00
Specs: Windows XP/vista, p4 3 ghz 2gb
i dont know if this is the right place to ask but here goes i have 16 gb of pictures and growing i want to know what to store them long term as in 20 years plus so my kids and grand kids can see them at moment on dvd and 2 hard drive but i been told dvd wont last and hard drive fail am i better off getting them printed and puting in a box in the attic like my mum did

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May 8, 2009 at 06:25:31
The article by Forbes in the link below may enlight you - it's an ongoing dilemma with no solution in sight yet ...

How To Preserve (digital) Photos For 500 Years


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May 8, 2009 at 08:05:54
IMO the best current method is to burn them to CDR or DVDR. Burn at a slower speed. That should insure a better disk.

Once you make a disk you can cheaply make multiple copies. Date and label the disks. Spread them around to preserve them and every couple of years make copies of the disks.

Check the file integrity of the originals and the copies. Be sure to know what is on each disk. Searching blindly can take forever. Use folders with descriptive names. Possibly have a catalog file also on the disk.

These files are irreplacable, treat them as such. Safety deposit box is a good place for one copy. You need to get the second available size. The smallest is not wide enough.

OfficeMax sells cheap paper sleeves for optical disks. They take much less room than jewel cases.

There have been many articles written about the life expectancy of optical media. I think the key is to store in a stable environment. No light, normal humidity, etc.

One last thing to mention. Label what the type of disk and the density. 20/30 years from now the hardware will be different and users then will need to know how the disks were originally created. Might not hurt to even mark the file extension used.

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