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- Apr 19, 2007
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True.ven now with digital data it is not easy to read old tapes or CDROM, remember Kodak Picture CD, not speaking from discettes, it is not sure you or your children are able to read these data.
Digital storage can be degraded over time due to environmental conditions. The quality of the build of the CD/DVD can quicken the read errors as well. Just like inkjet prints, digital data needs to be scanned for errors, specifically large increases in correctable errors and any uncorrectable data. The disk then needs to be copied to another disk or risk unreadable files lost possible forever.
There are disks designed for archival purposes, but even these will have a finite life. Backing up the files on a quality hard drive or SSD may still be the best archival method at this time though not guaranteed either. At this time, copy data to a new disk or drive at some interval is the best bet for preserving files.
PS Don't forget to make an additional copy for offsite storage, like a bank safety deposit box, in case your home gets flooded or catches on fire.