I only noticed NOW (Saturday) that you’d commented on my post about ‘BabyPips’ vs. ‘BabyPics’ (I hardly ever look at these threads but was looking for something else and noticed the title and thought please don’t tell me it’s ANOTHER thread but then realised it’d been moved) so NOW I know what you were ‘on about’ in your PMs!!! LOL!!!
It’s made me think though (since I saw that post). I have about 750MB of raw digital video of my children growing up and holidays and stuff. I’ve been meaning to edit it and put it on DVD for years but, well, it’s just one of those things that you never get around to doing until the hard drives pack up (although alright: I’ve still got the mini digital video tapes i.e. I never overwrite a tape ever but keep the originals always). But I’m thinking to go and get one of those 1 000GB, I think it’s ‘terabyte’, external firewire drives to back the stuff up). Hard drives don’t last forever (then again: neither do DVDs and CDs either) and these drives are at least six, seven, maybe even more, years old. At first (when I stopped my ‘video professional lark’ I just disconnected the drives but I read somewhere on the Internet that doing that is WORSE than letting them run so they, as they’re in my main PC, run 24/7 and have been doing so for six years now). Not sure who to believe on the topic as I have dozens of other hard drives here that are even OLDER and I’ve tested them, not too long ago as a matter of fact, to see what’s on them and they all still work fine (and have not been ‘switched on’ for at LEAST ten years) (you member those 500MB and 1GB drives???)!!! LOL!!!
But here’s something that a lot of people don’t know. ASSUMING that you DO look after your CDs and DVDs they WILL EVENTUALLY ‘pack up’ (and alright: a lot will depend on the quality of manufacture). But there’s apparently a bacteria that will eventually ‘eat’ the data. In other words: eventually the data will degrade to a point where it will no longer be readable (unless stored in IDEAL conditions I would imagine). I now that sounds like science fiction but there’s a lot of information on the Internet about it. I seem to remember an article somewhere where the US Government was archiving information and this issue was noted in the article.
What amazes me is that I have a HUGE box FULL VHS videos (mostly music videos) that I bought or was given, what, 29-years ago (for example). I can still watch them today. Alright: in most cases the stereo soundtrack no longer works i.e. the video machine cannot pick up the stereo soundtrack so plays everything in mono. But the point is I can still watch them. I have DVDs and CDs that I bought LAST YEAR that I cannot watch or play anymore (alright: mainly because at some point during my ‘binges’ or barbeques they’ve been stood on or scratched and stuff like that and I’m lucky in the sense that when I buy ANY ‘magnificent’ DVD I back it up before I even watch the thing). These VHS tapes have been stood on, pis*ed on, dropped, moved around the country, and they still work!!! And even if they get ‘crunched’ somewhere you can splice them and still watch them (albeit without the part that’s been cut out). Not so with our new technology!!! One ‘decent’ scratch on a DVD or CD and you’re ‘done’!!! LOL!!! So: so much for our NEW TECHNOLOGY!!! LOL!!!