Please elaborate on your testing methods. I also have a masterlink and am
very interested in what programs or methods you are specifically using to
determine hard drive failure.
Thank you in advance,
University of Hawaii
On Tue, 9 Aug 2005, Konrad Strauss wrote:
> on 8/9/05 8:54 AM, Jerry Hartke at [log in to unmask] wrote:
> > One key problem is that there are no standards for drives, only for media
> > quality. What determines whether a drive is acceptable or not, other than
> > complete loss of functionality?
> That's a great point and one many persons do not consider when burning
> archival discs.
> At IU we make our archival concert recordings to Masterlinks. We burn a test
> disc when the machine is new as a baseline, and then twice yearly test discs
> on each machine to monitor the status of the burners. We see a steady
> decline in burner performance, after about 18 months the E22 count begins to
> spike. At about 2 years we begin to see E32s. We replace the burners before
> this point. We burn a lot of discs - perhaps 500 per year on each machine,
> but the important point is that burners have a limited lifespan and need to
> be monitored on a regular basis.
> Konrad Strauss
> Director of Recording Arts
> Associate Professor of Music
> Indiana University School of Music