archiving data, was RE: Media Longitevity/Care
trixter at oldskool.org
Thu Mar 17 10:08:15 CST 2005
Tom Jennings wrote:
> I'd like to offer that there is no such thing as archival computer
> media. None.
This is not disputed.
> If you somehow think that tapes stored in a controlled vault is
> more reliable, or less susceptible to bit rot than rotating
> spindles, I believe you are wrong (and my every experience and
> observation says otherwise). Only fiche and paper are statically
You are omitting cost. Tapes in a vault cost significantly less over 10 years
than the cost of 4 live systems + replacement hard drives + network bandwidth +
electricity for your method.
Your method, unless I am misunderstanding you, has no revisioning. It protects
against hardware failure, but how many revisions do you keep? What protects
against you mistakenly deleting the wrong directory, etc.?
I agree completely that archival data should be monitored in some fashion
instead of being locked away forever. And, cost permitting, transferred to new
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