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Byron L. Dickinson
 

what 's best to store images on.


For long life what is best CD;s tape's SD's DVD's
Thanks for any help.
Have a nice new year


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12/28/2007 6:32:39 AM

 
Richard Lynch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/12/2005
  Byron,
That is a little bit of a loaded question. It will mostly come down to preference. I like to use DVDs for backup and archiving, a RAID system for storing current work and non-archived images, an external hard-drive backup, and off-site storage (having worked for a database company, I am very aware of disaster recovery). I choose DVDs over CDs because of size -- I can just get about 6.5 times as much on a DVD than a CD, so there are fewer around to sort and maintain.

There should be other opinions ;-)

Richard Lynch


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12/28/2007 11:06:19 AM

 
Sharon  Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  Richard, do you have many DVDs fail while writing photos to them? I recently purchased a Sony DVD writer and a stack of Verbatim DVD-Rs and I bet I have one in three fail while it's being written to. Thanks!


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12/28/2007 6:29:43 PM

 
Richard Lynch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/12/2005
  I almost never have a failure -- the only one I remember was from a visibly damage piece of media. In the past, when I have had troubles with CDs, it has been that a drive will 'not like' a particular brand of media. I would think that is an issue with the drive AND the media -- or even an incompatibility with your system. Software may make a difference as well. I have two DVD writers, an NEC ND-3520A (external firewire) and OPTIARC AD-7170A, and write to them both whether booted Mac or PC. On PC I have been using a command line setup for burning.

I'd try different media first.

Richard


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12/29/2007 5:24:00 AM

 
Sharon  Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  I use Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6. I like the way I can copy better with this software. I also have Nero. I'll try that too and get a different brand of DVD-R.

Thanks, Richard!


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12/29/2007 6:08:37 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  Also try slowing down the write speed if you're burning new stuff to something that already has stuff on it.


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12/29/2007 11:10:21 AM

 
Sharon  Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  Ok, thanks Gregory! That did not occur to me.


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12/29/2007 6:07:48 PM

 
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