Cheap Media

Volume 9, Issue 101; 21 Oct 2006; last modified 08 Oct 2010

Just say “no”. But you didn't need me to tell you that, I'm sure.

Four or five years ago, I got some cheap CD media. I don't remember why, maybe it was free with something else I bought, maybe I was being foolishly miserly.

Fast forward four or five years. I'm moving my office upstairs (Deb is moving her office down to where mine was, the living room is going to go where the guest bedroom was, the dining room is going to go where the living room was,…nevermind, that's an essay for another time). I decided to look through the heap of media that I've accumulated and see if I can throw some of it out or at least impose some order on it.

Near the bottom of a spool of backup CD-ROMs that I haven't so much as moved in four years, I find this:

The data was salvageable, but the media was toast. Serves me right, I suppose. Have you checked your backup media recently?


I've decided that using optical media as backups is a recipe for disaster and it doesn't even have to be cheap media to fail - I used to back-up my mp3 collection to CDs and had a load of it on relatively expensive memorex CDs that all began to turn transparent after a couple of years and were useless... and no they weren't kept in direct sunlight or any other harsh conditions. The weird thing is all my really cheap optical media still works to this day it seems.

Hard disk space is cheaper now, so I've decided to buy enough external disk storage for backups. It's also a lot easier to run a disk check on a 500 gig drive than that amount of optical media every month, and it's re-writable.

—Posted by Alb on 21 Oct 2006 @ 10:33 UTC #