by nader » Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:21 pm
by Gator » Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:57 pm
by butitsadryheat » Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:16 pm
by Jabberwocky » Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:34 pm
by coldfoot » Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:57 pm
by Buz Groshong » Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:49 pm
coldfoot wrote:The quality of the photos isn't going to deteriorate. The storage medium is going to deteriorate. In practice with digital media that usually means it will either be fine, or unreadable, not in-between.
Burned CD-R are different from pressed CDs from the 80s but burned CD-R seem to last a long time. Your worry with all digital storage media should be not only is the medium OK, but incompatibility: will you have a drive that can read it and can be attached to your future computer and understand the filesystem format. It should take a long time before incompatibility renders CD drives unfindable, but almost certainly a 1000-year DVD is pointless. If you store data on a hard drive, it's not a bad idea to copy them onto a new hard drive every several years to keep up with interface incompatibility - for example, imagine if you put data on SCSI drives last decade, now you'd be looking around for a SCSI card and a computer to use it in. This can render storage media un-useful before the device/media itself fails.
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