DailyDirt: Keeping Information For A Really, Really, Really Long Time

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The problem of storing digital data usually involves transferring data from an older format to a newer one -- with the hopes that the newer one won't be replaced as quickly as the older format it just replaced. Maybe some archivists out there like to go through this periodic technology shift and verify that the data we've stored is still readable, but wouldn't it be nice if there was a "store it and forget it" format? If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: archive, backup, data, dna, nanotechnology, self-assembly, storage


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 27 Feb 2015 @ 4:12pm

    Re: Re:

    "most "name brands" are the exact same discs as the generics, but with different labeling)"

    The 'branded' CDs being those with a thick, fairly scratch-resistent coat of paint on the topside of the disk, a protective layer which was completely lacking in the generic CDs, which needed to be handled very carefully -- as I annoyingly discovered after writing my very first one. But the generics had one huge advantage: being able to write over the entire disk surface, not just the small white label area that the early branded CDs offered. The branded CDs were often (theoretically) much cheaper than generic, considering discount sales prices, and especially when counting the mail-in rebates that basically made them free -- *if* you actually got any money mailed back (I never did -- one rebate center even lost my paperwork twice).

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