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Excuse my reference to hard drive failure, I meant to say burner failure.

Alexis


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On Tue, 9 Aug 2005, Alexis Weatherl wrote:

> Konrad,
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> 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.
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> Thank you in advance,
>
> Alexis Weatherl
> University of Hawaii
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> On Tue, 9 Aug 2005, Konrad Strauss wrote:
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> > on 8/9/05 8:54 AM, Jerry Hartke at [log in to unmask] wrote:
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> > > 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.
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> > --
> > Konrad Strauss
> > Director of Recording Arts
> > Associate Professor of Music
> > Indiana University School of Music
> > http://php.indiana.edu/~kstrauss
> > http://www.music.indiana.edu/department/audio/
> >
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