There appears to be no easy solution to backing up our files. I have a million photos and family files that I'd like to archive. But what's the best way?
I have a 1 Terabyte external drive and I have CDs and DVDs. My brother and son-in-law (both experts in computers and peripherals) tell me that I must not archive my files on CDs. They deteriorate much more quickly than DVDs. They explained why, but I won't try to in this post.
I decided to check out this DesignTools website. Here's the most important thing I got from this article:
"Currently, the best archival brands we know of are from Verbatim, Mobile Fidelity, Maxell, TDK, Mitsui, and Taiyo Yuden.
Verbatim's DataLifePlus and Mobile Fidelity's UltraDisc media are particularly worthy of trust: they both have a 100-year life expectancy, which has been confirmed by accelerated aging tests. Both have an extra-hard coating to make them resistant to scratches and UV light damage.
We trust Verbatim because its parent company is Mitsubishi, which invented the dye used in optical media. (But be careful of brands: Verbatim also has a lower-priced "DataLife" brand that isn't as bulletproof.)"
My brother says I should back up with an external drive, but says even that is not foolproof because machines can break down in Hawaii's salty air.
I just bought some Ativa DVD+Rs that were really cheap at Office Depot. (100 for $11.99) Sigh. I'm going to return them today after checking on line and finding out that they were not worth buying. Sigh.
|Seagate Freeagent hard drive|
So how do you choose? Can anybody recommend an external hard drive or DVD that they think is excellent for archiving?