Backup

Gold Media: CDs & DVDs

by JL Beeken on 1-12-2007

I have heard that Gold media, CDs and DVDs, have been making a comeback. These are gold-layered discs, (important) not just gold-colored. They use a different technology in the production which gives them a much longer life-span, 100-300 years, instead of the usual 1-5.

The better known brands are Kodak and Mitsui. They’re $2-3 each, less if you buy in bulk. The DVDs are about the same price as the CDs so obviously a better bargain if you have DVD-capability.

Here are a few links. The prices are changing as I write. You might also find them in earthly stores if you’re not living in the backwoods like me.

Delkin 25PK DVD $58.35

Verbatim UltraLife Gold Archival Grade DVD-R 4.7GB 8X, 50 pack $78.90

Memorex 4.7 GB Pro Gold Archival DVD-R (5-Pack) $21.46

Syncback Free: Back Up Your Files

by JL Beeken on 10-11-2006

Syncback FreeIf you need some help backing up your files, Syncback can give it to you.

The day I lost 10 years of detailed personal journals when both backup CDs cracked through the middle, one after the other in quick succession, I decided there’s no such thing as too many backups. I had spent months digitizing box loads of old paper and I thought the chance of losing both CD copies at the same time (without a catastrophic natural event out of my control) was about one in a trillion, but it happened anyway!

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