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From: "eugene audio" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: August 09, 2005 8:39 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] "Archival" DVD-R? (+ equipment )
>9 August 2005,
> If you are not doing so already,
> it wouldn't be a bad idea to store some CD
> and DVD players over the years along with your
> Hardware like this should be able to sit unused
> many years,(10-20+ ) especially if properly packaged
> in its original carton. From my experience as a repair
> technician, I would expect to have to do very little
> service when it's used in the future. Perhaps you
> might only have to put a drop of
> light oil on the sled rail and on the spindle motor
> bearing. Many units use a small rubber belt to
> the drawer so the belt will stretch with time but is
> usually easily replaceable and commonly available.
> Personally, as Mr. Hess said I agree that the
> optical disc drive format will be around for a long
> My guess is that there will be more problems with the
> decoding of the bitstream than the electro-mechanics
> of the hardware. Storage capacity on the discs and the
> # of different file-types have increased dramatically
> since the early CD machines 20 years ago.
> So it seems cost-effective to store a couple of
> machines which currently play your media correctly.
> This just gives you backup in case future hardware
> has problems reading the archived media.
> This is applicable to both digital and analog
I agree that mothballing playback gear makes sense. But if we're thinking of
extended term storage and playback, surely we would need to mothball a
fully-equipped computer. Computers are likely to change greatly over the
coming decades, so can we even count on a drive being compatible with future
generations of equipment? I don't intend to go to such lengths, preferring
to migrate the data to the new format(s) when needed.
Salutations, David Lewiston