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Best Method of Preserving Digital Video/DVD? (preservation discs or external hard drive)

Discussion in 'Other video questions' started by sonicdeth, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. sonicdeth

    sonicdeth Member

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    I've got lots of stuff, concert videos and what not that took me years to track down. I've transferred my rare vhs tapes to DVD+R discs.... I've heard that blank DVD's don't have a very long life span. I was wondering what the best method of preserving my digital video to last a lifetime? I was looking at these Mobile Fidelity 24k discs that are supposed to last forever. I was wondering would it be better to get those or more affordable and efficient to get an external hard drive to backup all my DVD's?
     
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    DVD do have a short lifespan. THe best option is to get an external drive. As long as you dont abuse it, it should last a lifetime.
     
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    I heard some people saying external hard drives only last a few years and they can crash? Mobile Fidelity has these discs that are supposed to last a lifetime......
     
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    Thats because people treat them bad...they carry them around unprotected like a casual USB stick. Trust me DVD's last shorter no matter what they say.
     
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    Now that you showed me your are not talking about the average DVD,i must admit these are amazing. As far as i can conclude, a harddrive and THIS dvd will have the same lifespan (guessing)...however, unless you name is Gates or Rockfeller, you should consider the prices; are you ready to spend $24 for 1 dvd with 4.7 GB only while for twice the price you get twice the storage space on a external drive?


    Another alternative would be to buy a INTERNAL drive...this one will go into you PC and you can even merge it to your main harddrive so that you get a terabyte drive. A terabyte is 1000 GB!!!!! The total price of these is around $500 bucks but you can get cheaper. And they are worth it!!! You'll start thinking tera instead of giga!
     
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    Yeah I've thought about internal hard drives but I just don't trust my computer right now. I've got a Dell and always get the Blue Screen Of Death, it crashes all the time. It's actually 24.99 for a 5 pack of these. I'm thinking Sony External DVD Burner and these discs to start backing up my DVD's.....
     
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    Go ahead...if you have the moeny. I will still say that external drives are the better buy.
     

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