Odd one I bet you think...
Well I will probably be going away for a few years soon. I have an external 400GB hard disk with tonnes of family photos/videos mainly , a few music albums i've ripped etc, and a computer image for backup purposes. The main thing I am worried about is my photos!
I will not be taking the disk with me for fear I will lose it. I want to lock it away. How ever, how to look after it? What if it gets a bit damp in the cupboard I leave it? Orrr... a bug gets inside the disk and causes it to get dirty disc platters etc. Or it just gets old and creaky because it won't be touched for 2/3 years - see what I'm getting at?
So far, I have silica beads I think thats what they're called, to put near the hard disk to absorb moisture. I will probably plastic bag it very thick, bubble wrap it incase of knocks etc. Any other suggestions? I work in IT, but hard disks are never really archived away. They are just 'untouched'! The IT boss recommends burning it all to DVD, but that'll be super time consuming! I was thinking of sequential tape backup, but those sort of things aren't cheap!
I am looking basically for:
1. Ideas to preserve it.
2. Ideas to back it up, in case preservation fails.
I know discs can last in excess of 10 years (an old 6GB one is in use still right now!) but I've never left one untouched for such a period!
Thanks all - I like to leave REP ;-) :)