Excellent Media for Archiving
I've learned the hard way that media DOES matter. If you back up critical data and need to access it YEARS later-- not just months later-- then HOW you back up matters. I've used cheaper CD/DVD media, only to lose that data months later. Also, WHAT/HOW you write on your media matters too. USing a Sharpie marker does NOT CUT IT if you want to archive your data. People who say they use sharpies have it wrong. I've used quality media and a Sharpie only to have that CD degrade over time. (Usually it takes 8-12 months for a CD to go bad if it's been labeled using a Sharpie.) The KOADAK GOLD CD media was probably the BEST media made-- until KODAK got out of the CD media business. MITSUI probably makes the best CD/ DVD media out there now. But this Imation Business Gold is a close 2nd in quality, imo. I've tried many different CD & DVD media brands, under similar conditions, and the Kodak GOLD, Mitsui and Imation Business select are the MOST STABLE, most reliable CD media -- if you want to be able to read your media 9 months to 3 years later. Stay away for those Big Box office store generic CD media brands. I've had all those CDs go bad on me 9-15 months later. I've tried other brands like Fujitsu, Maxell CD, and some generics, and THEY ALL EVENTUALLY WENT BAD. So, I'm saying this from experience. The most stable CD/ DVD media for me has, again, been Kodak GOLD, Mitsui (Gold or Silver) & Imation Business Select IN THAT ORDER. Of the 3 aforementioned, I've NEVER had a DISK GO BAD in 10+ years. NEVER. I can't say the same thing about all those other crummy CD brands. And while the Maxell CD media isn't great, the special Maxell CD markers ARE very good. Unlike the Sharpie, the Maxell CD markers won't hasten data degradation over time. So don't buy good media, then label it with a Sharpie or some other marker that will erode the CD layers. Develop good archiving practices, and your data should be readable years later. 10+ years later, I have Kodak GOLD media that is still readable. I've got Imation Business Select media that is about 4+ years old and is still readable. You can't say the same thing about some of those other CD brands.
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