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#1 2013-01-17 16:52:44

DanielMii
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Registered: 2012-12-29
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Best storage for ISO's?

I was wondering what do you use to well store your iso's or/and burned cd's and how you help preserve their longevity. I heard  that in the following order, CD's, then USB flash drives and then the best is SD or MicroSD is more robust and last longer. I am curious about what you all know on this because I take data storage very seriously and wishes to preserve what I have for the longest time possible.

I'm also curious about ho you store your cd's, is it best to preserve them individually in their case or jewel case or has a bundle in a flip/page binder where they are stored with only the disk itself. Does it scratch it in the long run? Any other suggestions also?

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#2 2013-01-17 20:34:40

fatmac
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Registered: 2012-11-14
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Re: Best storage for ISO's?

For long term archival storage there used to be 'archival quality' cd's, much more expensive than the ordinary cd, but held data for a lot longer of course.

Personally, I tend to use cdr & cdrw; dvd+r, dvd-r, & dvdrw; pendrives, & sdhc equally, whichever happens to suit my purpose at the time, & dependant on how much data I'm storing. Generally, though, I don't keep anything longer than a few years.

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#3 2013-01-17 22:17:46

saneks
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Re: Best storage for ISO's?

I store my isos on my harddrive and copy them to a usb drive or burn to rw cds or dvds , or if need be, use a normal cd rom if old machines dont like rw's-

but I dont keep isos for long anyway. once they are outdated, I delete them. just threw away some cd-roms with old linux isos. if I can have modern minimal distros with fresh software, why should I keep, say, crunchbang 9.04 for old machines.


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#4 2013-01-18 00:55:23

stolid
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Registered: 2012-09-06
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Re: Best storage for ISO's?

I have a couple flash drives dedicated to specific ISOs, but that's not intended for archival. I just keep the latest versions of ISOs saved on my hard drives (2 drives mirrored) and my NAS.


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#5 2013-01-18 01:19:05

junkie
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Registered: 2012-05-04
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Re: Best storage for ISO's?

I'm pretty religious about checking the md5sums of any iso or archive, especially if I've moved them to an external source.

- The dreaded bad EOF has made me cry a couple of times (but we learns) -

CD's? screw em'  the only survivors I own are probably collecting mold under the darkest place of my table with a leg of the desk impaling it to the ground. I just don't trust/require them in the long run.

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#6 2013-01-18 01:25:18

saneks
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Re: Best storage for ISO's?

nevermind ..

Last edited by saneks (2013-01-18 01:37:05)


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#7 2013-01-18 01:30:14

schwim
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Re: Best storage for ISO's?

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#8 2013-01-18 01:55:21

junkie
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Re: Best storage for ISO's?

^Hah, Banned is just the next step up from "New Member". hmm

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#9 2013-01-18 02:01:03

schwim
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Re: Best storage for ISO's?

and right under moderator? big_smile

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#10 2013-01-18 06:14:19

pvsage
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Re: Best storage for ISO's?

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#11 2013-01-18 13:27:12

schwim
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Re: Best storage for ISO's?

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#12 2013-01-18 13:34:31

zalew
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Re: Best storage for ISO's?

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#13 2013-01-18 13:53:32

schwim
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#14 2013-01-18 15:08:39

intoCB
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Re: Best storage for ISO's?

@DanielMii, ISOs tend to get damaged by direct sunlight. So somewhere where the sun doesn't shine would be the right place to stick your ISOs.

Last edited by intoCB (2013-01-18 15:36:40)

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#15 2013-01-18 16:08:51

schwim
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Re: Best storage for ISO's?

I see what you did there big_smile

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#16 2013-01-18 17:03:07

intoCB
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Re: Best storage for ISO's?

How seriously am I meant to take someone who ran Ubuntu Satanic Edition for a year (and admits to it) and throws his toys out of the pram just because nasty LinuxBBQ and CrunchBang won't let him hate a piece of software that someone somewhere has given x amount of hours of their unpaid free-time to produce?

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#17 2013-01-18 17:59:02

bigbenaugust
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Registered: 2009-03-04
Posts: 341

Re: Best storage for ISO's?

So can we get his daddy to shoot up his laptop?


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#18 2013-01-18 23:48:03

wuxmedia
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From: Back in Blighty
Registered: 2012-03-09
Posts: 1,478
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Re: Best storage for ISO's?

KTHXBYE
would have been more the mark.  devil

ontopic, intoCB is spot on, i once put an old blue cd-r in the window - a week later, nothing, but the clear plastic, since then cdrs live in boxes under tables.
as with all data once your dis(c)k(s) are dead....  i just lost 80Gb of music (nothing to do with SLiM) HDD just died. 8'(

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#19 2013-01-19 11:40:17

intoCB
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Re: Best storage for ISO's?

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#20 2013-01-19 16:48:11

Barnabyh
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Registered: 2012-11-07
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Re: Best storage for ISO's?

And I thought 'Banned' was a hip tag line you get to choose after making enough posts  ops

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#21 2013-01-23 20:38:46

douglas
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From: Dallas, Texas
Registered: 2011-01-09
Posts: 230

Re: Best storage for ISO's?

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#22 2013-02-04 16:46:51

Dozy Van
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Re: Best storage for ISO's?

I store all mine in a CD folder witch has a good 20+ ISO's from applications to operating systems. All my CD's/DVD's seem to work just fine and none have died or become corrupted in the good 5 years+ I have had them. Good care makes up for more expensive stuff. But Operating systems and applications update regularly so I need to update most of those CD's now ^_^

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