Re: [BCAB] preserving photos recordings etc. Graham Page 20 Nov 2012 10:23 GMT

Thanks Mo.  All useful food for thought and I think the hard disk option is
the one to go with.

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From: Bcab [] On Behalf Of Mobeen Iqbal
Sent: 20 November 2012 09:37
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Subject: Re: [BCAB] preserving photos recordings etc.

Hi Graham.

As a hardware geek,     i'd probably be inclined to go with solid state
storage. Now adays, solid state hard drives with no moving parts are
becoming cheaper and cheaper. This method isn't so bad if you don't have
extremely large video files that need backing up, it all depends how big
your files are,. If the hard drives aren't going to be bashed around,
then i'd recommend a much larger hard drive as ibrahim says so you can
store all your items. there will always be a risk of the hard drive
failing, sometimes motors seeze after being stored for many years, not
to mention the temperature they're stored at. with solid state you
haven't got that worry specifically. Kingston, OCZ and sandisk all make
solid state storage and are very reliable. Look for hard drives with an
extended warranty say 3, 5 or 10 years that'll show that the manufacture
is confident in their product lasting. If choosing a moving parts hard
drive, go for a seagate drive, i've found them to be the most reliable.


On 20/11/2012 09:09, Graham Page wrote:
> Hi Ibrahim.
> Thanks for this suggestion.  My question is, would the hard disk be as
> reliable as a device with no moving parts such as a memory stick?  In most
> cases the archive would not really be moved that far.  It's really about
> storing the data long term.  Obviously photos can be printed and kept in
> album and audio files can be backed up but what is the best way of
> preserving the digital images for future viewing or hearing?  If hard
> are in fact the best solution I'll keep this in mind.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bcab [] On Behalf Of Ibrahim
> Gucukoglu
> Sent: 20 November 2012 08:35
> To: BCAB Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [BCAB] preserving photos recordings etc.
> Hi Graham.
> If it were me doing the backing up, I'd choose one of the many external
> drives available in both desktop and portable varieties.  Many of them
> with backup software provided which gives limited but sufficient
> to back up the contents of your archive, however separately programs are
> available either as upgrades to the supplied software or other commercial
> offerings.  It all depends on how portable you need the archive to be and
> how often you need to make changes, add to it etc.  Seagate make an
> excellent range of hard drives specifically designed for backing up data
> with this in mind, supply comprehensive backup software.
> All the best, Ibrahim.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Graham Page
> Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 8:09 AM
> To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
> 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
> 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
> Graham Page
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