Actually, computer storage has reliability as a "reasonable" goal. But true
long-term storage in IT circles actually revolves around failure detection,
redundancy, error correction and eventual automated migration. These
concepts are based on the knowledge that the hard drive *WILL* fail. A hard
drive is not even a mid-term solution; but a managed hard drive "system" can
certainly be a long term one.
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Karl Miller
> Sent: July 11, 2006 9:51 AM
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Longevity
> On Fri, 30 Jun 2006, steven c wrote:
> > I would suspect that, rather than being intentional
> > decisions, it has more to do with the simple "nature of the
> beast!" As
> > we choose to preserve more information...and in more detail...our
> > existing formats become impractical in cubic volume, if
> nothing else!
> I can see that capacity needs continue to increase
> exponentially, but it seems to me that our storage modalities
> are fundamentally flawed if one considers longevity a goal.
> There would seem to be little incentive to make anything that
> would last forever.