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What is the most reliable, secure and durable media for storing over 100GB of files? I have DVDR and MDisc but they only support 4.7GB
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Hard drives.

Standard backup procedure: 2x+ copies, 2x+ locations.

I'd keep a 5tb Seagate USB3 HDD + some other drive local.
Then 1x more Seagate 5tb external USB3 at another location, be it a temp-controlled storage unit, bank vault, relative house, office, etc. Just something safe somewhere.

Since you have extra space, surely you have other important files, more than 100gb? My most important work files probably add up to 1tb+ right now, and that doesn't include any video.

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Hard drives.

Standard backup procedure: 2x+ copies, 2x+ locations.

I'd keep a 5tb Seagate USB3 HDD + some other drive local.
Then 1x more Seagate 5tb external USB3 at another location, be it a temp-controlled storage unit, bank vault, relative house, office, etc. Just something safe somewhere.

Since you have extra space, surely you have other important files, more than 100gb? My most important work files probably add up to 1tb+ right now, and that doesn't include any video.
HDD is safe to long term storage? Does it have moving parts and is it mechanical?


Why did you close my topic about muriatic acid? I still had some doubts
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What is the most reliable, secure and durable media for storing over 100GB of files? I have DVDR and MDisc but they only support 4.7GB
Tape, specifically LTO. This is what the businesses use. Drives start at $1000.
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12-08-2019, 01:55 PM
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I'm not a big fan of optical media but BD-R XL discs can store up to 100GB on a single disc it requires a blu-ray drive bearing the logo or identification of BDXL or BD-R XL, Discs are like $15 and drives are around $50.
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12-09-2019, 02:06 PM
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HTL BD-R and M-Disc DVD-R media should last a long time. LTH BD-R maybe not.

"Parchive" helps extend the life of optical media.

LTO (tape) also lasts a while if you aren't constantly reading or writing the tape.

Some say hard drives should be spun up every once in a while to keep them from seizing the next time you power them up.

RAID is good if you "scrub" it periodically.

Most importantly:

1. Store copies on at least two different media types to prevent all of your copies from degrading at the same time. Check each copy periodically and make a new copy as needed.

2. Keep copies in multiple locations in case of fire or theft.
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12-09-2019, 03:34 PM
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I do not have a bluray drive recorder but I will buy, I can buy bluray drive of any brand is good?

Do 100GB bluray discs use organic or inorganic dye? What type of bluray is the most durable to accompany my MDisc DVD discs I own
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12-10-2019, 12:13 PM
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HTL BD-R and M-Disc DVD-R media should last a long time. LTH BD-R maybe not.

"Parchive" helps extend the life of optical media.

LTO (tape) also lasts a while if you aren't constantly reading or writing the tape.

Some say hard drives should be spun up every once in a while to keep them from seizing the next time you power them up.

RAID is good if you "scrub" it periodically.

Most importantly:

1. Store copies on at least two different media types to prevent all of your copies from degrading at the same time. Check each copy periodically and make a new copy as needed.

2. Keep copies in multiple locations in case of fire or theft.
Parchive and PAR are data recovery/redundancy methods and have nothing to do with the life expectancy of any type of backup media.

Tape and floppy disks have the longest (40+ years) track record of data integrity and recovery. Some tapes and floppies are still readable today, pre-dating consumer hard drives.

RAID never was and isn't backup. It's redundancy, as stated right in the the name: Redundant Array of Independent Disks. A RAID setup still needs to be backed up.

+1 to your points about multiple copies stored in different locations. This is the ONLY way to (hopefully) ensure data recovery in the event of failure of the original devices.

To add, your backup is only as good as how often you do it. Monthly, weekly, daily, hourly, depending on how critical your data is to you.

Also, be aware of viruses like ransomware, which can infect anything connected to your computer at the time of the attack, including cloud storage.

Edit: Spinning up and checking your HDDs with a program like Crystaldiskinfo is a good idea to ensure the drive isn't going bad. It's also a good time to copy the data to an additional device or medium as an additional backup solution.
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12-20-2019, 09:20 AM
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Which bluray media is most durable over long term storage? Is bluray safe to store files just like the DVD?

What's the best media to store 8.5GB?

Why did you close my topic about muriatic acid? I still had some doubts
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12-20-2019, 05:21 PM
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You are too worried about storage longevity like if you are holding the BBC video library, Just make 2 or 3 backup copies on different storage media types and check them every 4 to 6 years, It's not like you are making a time capsule that it is not going to be opened for 100 years.
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12-28-2019, 10:35 AM
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I need the most reliable and secure media for long term storage of over 100GB, Bluray BD-RE XL or external HDD, I won't use it constantly but it's for backup
I don't have Bluray recorder write drive I will buy
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12-29-2019, 12:34 AM
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FYI, gamey's back posting here because he's been banned once again at videohelp.
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