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Re: Long term storage, what's your solution?

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Andrew Kimery
Re: Long term storage, what's your solution?
on Jan 5, 2015 at 11:42:41 pm

[Morten Ranmar] "Hardrives are proximate to last 15 years on shelf, while LTO is said to last 50 years.
We use LTO, and it is a breeze..."

Are you going to hang onto a computer for 50 years too so you can access the files/codecs that are on the LTO? ;)

I agree that LTO is the best for archiving digital assets, but archiving digital assets is a slightly different beast than analog archiving assets. Analog archiving (whether it's photos on acid free paper or audio on the best tape money can buy) was a write-once and put-it-way venture but digital archiving is more of a rolling archive where every 5-10 years you transfer everything to a modern storage medium and modern file formats/codecs.

LTO, since it's designed for archiving and long term use, won't go out of fashion as quickly as say Jaz Drive's did, but a perfectly functioning LTO archive won't do you much good if the files on it aren't readable anymore.

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