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Old 12-02-2007, 01:29 AM   #1
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Default How long should I expect a burned DVD to last?

I just put a bunch of old video tapes onto DVD (12 DVDs in total). How long should I expect those discs to last so I know when I should transfer them? Unfortunately I used a cheaper brand DVD, but they all burned fine, and I have used about 40 of the same brand DVD without a single burning issue.

Oh, and if I do decide to transfer them all to my computer, is there a way I can compress them? Right now I use DVD shrink and it can shrink the 2 hour DVD down to 2.34GB, but to put all 12 on my computer is too much.
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Old 12-02-2007, 01:37 AM   #2
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Should last for many many many years if you take good care of them
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there said to last abouthere supposed to last about 100 years. more than a human life time
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Because the actual media is sugar based film it won't last forever. I've read 50 years with proper care. Stored in the dark in a stable enviroment. I do a double copy back up of my disc's. One is put up and the other is used.
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That must get spendy with DVD-Rs
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Old 12-02-2007, 02:18 AM   #6
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That must get spendy with DVD-Rs
MMmm...well it can, I just hate not knowing how long they are going to last. Ideally I would want absolutely everything on my computer, that way it is easy to access everything and keep track of things. I just wish there was a backup solution that would guarantee my data safe.
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Single layer memorex dvd-r, no. Dual layer, yes.
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MMmm...well it can, I just hate not knowing how long they are going to last. Ideally I would want absolutely everything on my computer, that way it is easy to access everything and keep track of things. I just wish there was a backup solution that would guarantee my data safe.
Personally, I would say get a high capacity external hard drive, and back up to it once a month.

And keep it in one of those fire proof boxes under your bed or some such thing.
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