How to guarantee long term safety of your data ?

That’s the key question when it comes to archiving your digital images.

One thing to be mentioned right away: The perfect solution does not exist. But there are ways to do quite well. Personally, I copy my CF-cards on location to an image-tank. Back at the head-quarter the files are copied to my network drive and the workstation for post production. The network drive is mirrored on a regular basis to tape – with the tapes stored in a safe place (physically at a different location!).

One new way might be to copy files to Blu Ray Disk.

According to the manufacturer website this system offers :

Delkin Blu-ray (BD-R) discs are the first archival grade Blu-ray product guaranteed to preserve data safely for over 200 years. In addition to unprecedented longevity standards, Delkin BD-R boast a market-leading read/write speed of 4x, enabling a 25GB burn to be completed in only 23 minutes!

200 Year Archival Lifespan

  • Delkin archival Blu-ray (BD-R) discs offer the longest guaranteed protection over time. Use them to store what’s most important to you, whether it be wedding photos, tax documents, medical records, musical compositions, or family videos.

Large 25GB Storage Capacity

  • Each Blu-ray (BD-R) disc is able to store more data than over 5 DVD-Rs or over 33 CD-Rs. Record over 2 hours of High-Definition video or over 23 hours of standard video per disc.

Fast 4X Read/Write Speed

  • Burn data at twice the speed of a standard 2X Blu-Ray (BD-R) disc and with the same high level of accuracy and precision. Burn 25GB in only 23 minutes! (When using a 4x speed drive)

ScratchArmor™ Surface Protection

  • Delkin Blu-ray (BD-R) discs utilize the very best in Japanese polymer hard coat technology, providing you with unbeatable damage protection from scratches, fingerprints, stains, and more.

Tech Specs

  • Speed: 4x
  • Lifespan: 200 Years
  • Capacity: 25GB

Blu Ray drives are expected to be available soon where prices could be in the range of 200 to 300 Eur for an external USB 2.0 unit.

We will see ….

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