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At 12:54 PM 1/21/2004 -0500, Konrad Strauss wrote:

>Most CD-Rs are optimized for high speed recording and perform poorly at 1x.
>However, music CD-Rs are optimized for 1x recording. The Verbatim perform
>very well, however you will be limited to silver/cyanine discs which are not
>considered to be archival quality. I would suggest that you upgrade your
>burner to an Alesis Masterlink. This is a hard disc recorder with an
>integrated CD burner which runs at 4x. The performance is excellent with
>Mitsui gold and Tayio discs.

Excuse me if this suggestion is too simplistic, but given the costs and
efforts involved, would it not make sense to use the existing hardware and
to accept the fact of real-time capture, then to back up the potentially
non-archival discs to archival ones? With two copies, single-point loss
becomes improbable, monitoring for losses becomes trivial and the only
drawback is making the backup. Since that will be done on a fast drive with
readily available media, the overall process may be easier and less costly
than doing it 'right' to a single digital record.


Mike
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