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Giant Octopus

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Hi I was just wondering.
I have a whole bunch of DVD-Roms that I burned pictures and videos onto through the years. I wanted to move them over to Scandisk flashdrives so I can get rid of them. (Years ago I moved all the data from CD-Roms to the DVD-Roms then threw the CD-Roms away.)
I wanted to do that again but by moving the data from the DVD-Roms to the flashdrives. My question is, is the longevity of these flash drives better than the DVD-Roms? After I move all my data to these drives, if I come back to them 8 years from now will the data still be there? I get the feeling that DVD-Roms will physically deteriorate over time (especially writable ones), so this is why I wanted to move everything over, plus I don't want to have boxes of disks anymore.
 

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If you have several years worth of photos and videos that are very important and irreplaceable, you should have at least 2 backup copies of them.

You didn't say how many DVD's you have, so it may be more feasible to have 1 backup copy in an external USB hard drive.

USB flash/thumb drives are too easy to damage or get lost, so I wouldn't recommend using that media as an only backup copy.

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I agree with Frank.

USB flash drives are best for transfers. I have had several fail over the period of several years.
Writable DVD's do fail over time and I've seen that also, so I don't use them for backups any more. ( not enough storage space anyway )

I backup my photos and financial data to several external hard drives. I do periodically rotate backups on encrypted usb flash drives that I keep in a safety deposit box and elsewhere.

Also remember, new technologies come and old ones go. Be sure to be backed up to a media that isn't on the way out and formats that are current.
 
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I agree with the others that USB flash drives are too easy to get lost or thrown away by accident. Portable HDDs are the way to go. Get 2 or 3 for cheap online and put one in a safety deposit box and the rest clearly labeled in other places. Spinning drives won't be outdated anytime soon.
 

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Not tomorrow, but tech changes up as needs and uses dictate.
It's just a matter of time :)

Floppies....gone.

IDE hard drives need IDE ports, and they're gone.

SATA will be under pressure as M2 'drive' storage eventually becomes universal.
 
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Hi I was just wondering.
I have a whole bunch of DVD-Roms that I burned pictures and videos onto through the years. I wanted to move them over to Scandisk flashdrives so I can get rid of them. (Years ago I moved all the data from CD-Roms to the DVD-Roms then threw the CD-Roms away.)
I wanted to do that again but by moving the data from the DVD-Roms to the flashdrives. My question is, is the longevity of these flash drives better than the DVD-Roms? After I move all my data to these drives, if I come back to them 8 years from now will the data still be there? I get the feeling that DVD-Roms will physically deteriorate over time (especially writable ones), so this is why I wanted to move everything over, plus I don't want to have boxes of disks anymore.
Flash drives are more convenient than DVD's but the DVD's are more reliable for long term storage. That's why I use both. Once per year I make a set of DVD data backups and multiple times during the year I backup to USB Flash drives. That gives me 2 backups. Then I do an additional backup to an external hard drive which gives me a 3rd backup.

If your data is important to you, never ever rely upon just one backup.

--pete--
 

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Just curious as to whether an online back up service, such as Carbonite etc., might be useful for the long term?
 

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I do see the need for multiple back up strategies :cool:
Didn't mean to disrupt the thread.
 

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I think you brought up an important question.
IMO, too many think the 'cloud' is infallible.
 

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So I guess I should back them up on Flashdrives but keep the discs? I was thinking of getting an external hard drive but I'm worried they wont work for future computers. What happens if I by a new computer that has "Windows 13" years from now but when I hook the hard drive to it, it wont read that data?

Also Simeon could you recommend a good brand for an HDD?
 

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So I guess I should back them up on Flashdrives but keep the discs?
Having your original backup on DVD's and a second backup on USB thumb drives would be the simplest way for you to do it.
What happens if I by a new computer that has "Windows 13" years from now but when I hook the hard drive to it, it wont read that data?
According to Microsoft, Windows 10 is the last version.
There will be no Windows 11, 12, 13, etc..

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