Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Nov 2008 09:13 UTC, submitted by irbis
In the News What stands a better chance of surviving 50 years from now, a framed photograph or a 10-megabyte digital photo file on your computer's hard drive? The concern for archivists and information scientists is that, with ever-shifting platforms and file formats, much of the data we produce today could eventually fall into a black hole of inaccessibility.
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RE: CD's last forever ?
by hobgoblin on Mon 10th Nov 2008 16:13 UTC in reply to "CD's last forever ?"
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the problem i see with hardrives is that if the read heads or control electronics dies, there is just no way to take the plates out, pop them into a new case and power back up.

with a optical disk you do not have any dedicated read hardware. any optical drive that can read the format will do.

now the survivability of the disks themselves, thats a whole different story...

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