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Re: filmscanners: Best digital archive medium for scans?

Sorry to be late chiming in, but a few options I haven't seen anyone
recommend are commercial digital archiving, or commercial media storage. If
you have your images in digital form, I imagine it wouldn't be hard to find
a data storage company to archive it for you under controlled conditions,
with multiple site backups. The other option might make more sense to
someone like me, who lives in a big media city (Los Angeles). Quite
literally a stone's throw from my front door is a media storage warehouse,
kind of like those storage lockers one rents to stash old junk, but this
place specializes in storing recorded media (film, tape, paper, etc.) under
temperature and humidity controlled conditions.

Anyways, it seems like these options make sense for anyone who has valuable
storage needs, either electronic or originals (or for that matter,
electronic originals). Leave the detail of media safety to professionals.
Just a thought.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Arthur Entlich" <artistic@ampsc.com>
To: <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2001 3:05 AM
Subject: Re: filmscanners: Best digital archive medium for scans?

> Not to be a smart @ss, but how about film?
> I don't know that any of the current storage media will either be around
> or will survive 20 plus years from now.
> I'm unfamiliar with Iomega's optical drives.  I know they make mainly
> magnetic drives and rebadge some CD-R drives.  DVD RAM and it's kin are
> all so tentative in terms of which will become standardized, that it is
> probably a lot safer to use CD-R.
> Art
> Mark Edmonds wrote:
> > Basically, I am looking for a long term (20 years+) storage medium to
> > archive my scans on. I don't have faith in CDR and tapes are also prone
> > long term problems so the only solution I can see is a magneto optical
> > Another problem is that it is all well and good to have a bomb proof
> > but it is no good if no one makes the hardware to read it in a few years
> > time.
> >
> > So is there a clear cut winner out there? The two affordable options I
> > looking at are either the Iomega Optical drive or the Panasonic DVD-RAM.
> > Iomega seems to support a format which has some penetration in the
> > but the DVD-RAM looks like it might not have got very far. I am running
> > NT4.0 by the way.
> >
> > Any advice on this matter gratfully received!
> >
> > Mark

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