Spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out what to replace my NEC
DVD drive with (this thing just won't write faster than 2.4x, though it
is supposed to be able to write on DVD+R at 4x (not that that's any big
deal anymore). I have upgraded the drive's firmware. Upgraded
Nero. I dunno. Anyway, I'm getting to a point with all these
digital files that I really do have to either buy a tape drive, or at
get a faster DVD writer so I can make two copies of important files.
Probably should do both. The tape drives are pure backup
material, i.e. when both DVD media go bad, you can still restore from
tape. Slow. But if everything else fails... the most reliable (as far
as I can
Zeroing in on plextor drive: px-712A, or Pioneer DVR-108
Another thing I see, is that when they say that a DVD can be written at
16X, what they usually mean is that given certain type of media, the
drive may eventually hit 16X, and possibly only if you are completely
filling the disk.
Dual layer seems to be the big thing now, though I don't think there is
actually any dual media out there. I find that pretty
funny. Now there is some pretty tricky stuff. Two layers,
heated differently... whatever.
I got to the pont where I was actually reading about the different
timing and writing methods: Z-CAV vs. P-CAV. Good night nurse.
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I should have mentioned: I have an
external 120 GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive which I use the windows backup
utility on as a backup devise now. The DVDs are more or less for
stuff that I OFFLOAD that I will need to get back to at some time to
save space on my primary HD. I thought that TAPE was MORE
ARCHIVAL than a HD, but maybe I'm wrong there as some comments have
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From what I've read so far, it
seems that when you are using digital media, nothing really is
archival. Not in the sense that a negative carefully processed
and taken care of is. I have been trying to find a site that
rates DVDs in terms of how long they think they will last. It is
more complex as Jeff noted because there is no saying that there will
even be machines around to read the things even if they do last.
I began with computers before DOS, with the Kaypro which ran CPM.
I suppose it is still possible to find a Kaypro around to read some old
floppy from that machine, but I wouldn't count on it.
One possibility is that you get a film recorder, and actually store
your RAW files in an analog format. I doubt if anyone is going to
do that (sort of a reverse scanner process).
Another possibility is the Brett Weston method, when you learn you are
going to die, supposing that you have enough time and strength, just
take all your digital stuff out to the beach and start a big fire and
toss it in so that no one can use those originals to make prints
with. Wouldn't matter that much in the digital age since you can
take a flatbed and make a good reproduction of one of his prints.
Ansel lost quite a few negatives when his darkroom caught on fire. That may have been in the pre-safety film days.
I suppose for me, my main concern is that I don't lose a digital
negative while I'm alive. No kidding folks, but this is how I
make my living. If nothing else, I'd like to be able to have
these files around long enough to make prints from while I still have a
few teeth in my head.