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Forum: Blank Media 04-18-2021, 03:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 650
Posted By lordsmurf
You're essentially screwed. Both are still...

You're essentially screwed.

Both are still high humidity, high heat. The argument becomes academic, and overall moot.

31-33C is the mid 80s F. Way too hot.
And then anything over 50%RH will...
Forum: Tech Myths, Misinformation 04-15-2021, 10:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 435
Posted By lordsmurf
Everything, all of it. The fact that you use...

Everything, all of it.

The fact that you use flash media in phones shows how ridiculous the thought it.
Forum: Tech Myths, Misinformation 04-15-2021, 06:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 435
Posted By lordsmurf
Hahahahahaha ... <breath, breath> ......

Hahahahahaha ... <breath, breath> ... hahahahahaha ... :laugh:

No.

Why was I laughing? Because that's essentially the same as those silly "cell phones cause cancer" or "5G causes COVID" myths....
Forum: Blank Media 01-05-2021, 10:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 592
Posted By lordsmurf
Standard good moving advice, nothing special...

Standard good moving advice, nothing special about optical media.

Moving box, padding, inner box with fragile items. The end. Nothing to add here.

Perhaps makes sure disc spindles are full, so...
Forum: Blank Media 12-29-2020, 12:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 584
Posted By lordsmurf
Internal, IDE or SATA = best. USB is mixed bag....

Internal, IDE or SATA = best.
USB is mixed bag. Some good, most bad, "slim" are terrible (avoid those).

The Samsung 3.5" bay burners were best USBs, but those haven't been made in a decade now....
Forum: Blank Media 09-02-2020, 05:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,811
Posted By lordsmurf
You need to attached images to forum posts...

You need to attached images to forum posts directly, not hotlink.

Yes, dehumifiers help. That's what is done at various libraries and archival facilities. However, be sure to select the proper...
Forum: Blank Media 12-29-2019, 09:30 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,091
Posted By lordsmurf
Silica is merely 1 compound that has...

Silica is merely 1 compound that has moisture/water absorption (hygroscopy) properties. There are others. Silica is basically fine or powdered quartz. Quartz is plentiful, occurs in nature. It's...
Forum: Blank Media 12-09-2019, 02:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,285
Posted By traal
HTL BD-R and M-Disc DVD-R media should last a...

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...
Forum: Blank Media 12-08-2019, 01:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,285
Posted By latreche34
I'm not a big fan of optical media but BD-R XL...

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...
Forum: Blank Media 12-01-2019, 04:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,778
Posted By lordsmurf
You ol' SOB. :laugh: I just spit chips all...

You ol' SOB. :laugh:

I just spit chips all over my tablet screen.
I need to learn to not snack while reading these gamemaniaco thread. :smack:


- Steam is water vapor. If not water, it's not...
Forum: Blank Media 11-18-2019, 05:37 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,778
Posted By dpalomaki
Muriatic acid fumes have thresholds, above which...

Muriatic acid fumes have thresholds, above which there are various health effects. These effects depend on the concintrations of the fumes (in parts per million) and individual sensitivities. The...
Forum: Blank Media 11-17-2019, 06:30 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,778
Posted By lordsmurf
Hydrochloric acid (aka muriatic acid, a less-pure...

Hydrochloric acid (aka muriatic acid, a less-pure variant of hydrochloric) is not used in cleaning supplies for bathrooms, and should NEVER be in the air in the house. It is caustic, capable of...
Forum: Blank Media 11-17-2019, 05:18 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,778
Posted By lordsmurf
Perhaps you saw the last post before I was...

Perhaps you saw the last post before I was finished editing it? :unsure:
Forum: Blank Media 09-28-2019, 08:14 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,778
Posted By dpalomaki
muriatic, aka: hydrochloric, acid in the air is...

muriatic, aka: hydrochloric, acid in the air is generally not good for anything other than cleaning/preparing surfaces such as concrete for painting. How bad it is depends on the concentration...
Forum: Blank Media 09-25-2019, 02:24 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,778
Posted By lordsmurf
I had to look this up, no idea what it was....

I had to look this up, no idea what it was. :book:

... and it's hydrochloric acid. :eek:

So if you have that in the air, you have bigger problems. The media will outlast you. You may as well...
Forum: Blank Media 08-18-2019, 04:05 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,091
Posted By lordsmurf
You tired bags. Experiment failed. So yes, I'd...

You tired bags. Experiment failed. So yes, I'd suggest removing from bags.

A lot of folks give you grief for what they perceive as optical media insanity, but I do commend you for running an...
Forum: Blank Media 07-28-2019, 06:28 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,319
Posted By lordsmurf
This is easily observed in a typical household...

This is easily observed in a typical household freezer. Even in bags, ice crystals often form and grow over time. That moisture had to come from somewhere.


I'd read it. :)


Air is almost...
Forum: Blank Media 07-20-2019, 06:02 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,319
Posted By ehbowen
Look, GM. I've done just about all I can from...

Look, GM. I've done just about all I can from five thousand miles away. I can't give authoritative answers without seeing your setup...and, even if I did, there are many more qualified authorities....
Forum: Blank Media 07-20-2019, 12:39 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,319
Posted By ehbowen
Depends upon how much moisture is in the bag to...

Depends upon how much moisture is in the bag to start with.
If you leave it alone and just ignore it for twenty years, yes; eventually the silica gel will be saturated and the moisture content...
Forum: Blank Media 07-06-2019, 06:35 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,319
Posted By ehbowen
You can only do what you can do. If you don't...

You can only do what you can do. If you don't have climate controlled storage, eliminating the humidity will be a lot better than nothing.

It sounds as if you're very concerned about these discs....
Forum: Blank Media 07-06-2019, 06:18 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,319
Posted By ehbowen
You can leave the disc in its case. The case is...

You can leave the disc in its case. The case is not airtight, so as long as the Ziploc bag it's in is sealed any moisture inside will diffuse out through the cracks and be absorbed by the silica gel....
Forum: Blank Media 07-03-2019, 07:49 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,319
Posted By ehbowen
Have you ever used silica gel? It's a hygroscopic...

Have you ever used silica gel? It's a hygroscopic powder. It absorbs moisture, but never becomes liquid. The only way you'll "pour water inside" is if you open the Ziploc bag and dump in a glass of...
Forum: Blank Media 07-02-2019, 08:09 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,319
Posted By lordsmurf
Sure. It probably won't hurt it.

Sure. It probably won't hurt it.
Forum: Blank Media 05-27-2019, 08:43 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,319
Posted By lordsmurf
What is a "sache". :question: A plastic DVD...

What is a "sache". :question:

A plastic DVD case is not even remotely hermetic. And you don't want hermetic anyway. Are you trying to archive the discs, or stored them with a mummy in a pyramid?...
Forum: Blank Media 05-24-2019, 07:00 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,319
Posted By lordsmurf
Some of these suggestions sound insane, but...

Some of these suggestions sound insane, but there's actually science to back up topics like color or toast. Yes, toast is absorbent. You have mold to contend with, but I've seen bread from the 1800s...
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