Re: [BCAB] preserving photos recordings etc. Nick.Adamson@generaldynamics.uk.com 20 Nov 2012 09:25 GMT

Hi Graham.

For Medium to long term storage I'd stay clear of things like memory sticks and flash cards. They are more susceptible to degradation over time than you would think.
I'd recommend an external hard disk. Although they have moving parts most are well designed to be used for long term storage and provide far more flexibility in terms of space than flash based devices.

Thanks.
Nick.

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Subject: [BCAB] preserving photos recordings etc.

Hi all.

What is the best way of backing up important documents such as photos,
recordings of family members, etc?

I am often asked this question but I'm not really sure of the answer.  The
solution needs to be relatively simple and straight forward and ideally it
should not involve moving parts.  The choices as I see it are cds or dvds,
sd cards or USB flash disks.

Which of these is the most reliable for reasonably long term storage?  Are
there particular brands I should look for?  I know for example that on
cheaper CDr disks, the protective covering on the part of the disk you write
to can deteriorate over time.  I realise buying good quality media helps a
lot but I would be interested to know which media is more reliable.

Regards

Graham

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