Optical Media Choices for Digital Archives

Backup is a word that has become synonymous with online solutions. A backup copy of your data is a wise decision and part of many business risk prevention plans. Decentralizing your data removes dependence on third-party backup services, and it establishes a means by which data can be independently transferred to a third-party. You can get information about optical media via https://www.ommdvd.com/

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The challenges that go along with choosing optical media to store data come down to two main issues:

1) Data storage needs have mushroomed in size; media needs to have sufficient storage capacity to be practical.

2) Media needs to be sufficiently robust to safely store data over the time period when it will be accessed. The choices of optical media for digital archiving currently come down to three types including CD-R, DVD-R, and Blue Ray.

CD-R – These typically offer storage of 700mb. The specification for CD-R was first published in 1988, but it wasn’t until 1995 that the first recorder that cost less than a $1000 was introduced (the Philips 4020i). But now CD-R recorders are ubiquitous on virtually all computers. The average CD-R discs have been shown to typically last for 10 years, according to research by J Perdereau, so many people’s fears about degradation are largely unfounded.

Bear in mind though that most storage problems with optical media are attributable to issues with the initial burn of the disc. So it is essential that as soon as you have burned any media to any type of optical storage that you check it has copied over the data correctly.