Friday, March 5, 2010

Our most precious memories

I guess I'm in the first generation of parents that use all digital media to help us remember how it was back when the children were small.

Now we all use digital cameras and camera video recorders for this. And the most thorough of us burn it onto CDs or DVDs just to make sure we can view it in our old age. (The rest of us wait for the disk to crash, and then it'll all be lost.)

Apart from the likeliness that we'll have something that can play a DVD in 20-40 years (seems quite unlikely) it turns out a typical CD-R has a life expectancy of less than 10 years. Even the CDs I bought along with my first CD player are reaching the end of their life nowish (good thing I have backed up all my CDs then :-)

So the movies and pictures of our children growing up and all the great occasions we'd like to be able to recall and treasure for years to come are in double trouble. Fortunately we can buy high quality media to store the bits on:

I'm not sure what to do about the problem of keeping a player around for those disks for 40 years. A player that can talk to our TV in 40 years time may be even harder.

1 comment:

Bosse said...

I keep my pictures folder on a RAID-10 partition with a cronjob frequently pushing changes to an external USB disk. The plan is to buy a second USB disk that I can store one of them at the office and rotate from time to time. This is the only solution I've found to minimize the risk of data loss, and if there's something I don't want to lose, it's my photo albums.