I make a choice: 2-3 CDs and/or DVDs plus access copies OR a place in the file system and 1-2 CDs for access. More things are staying in the file system these days. It's at 1250 GB triple redundant and one 250G volume is personal and demo media -- and it's about full. DigiPix are a separate (not full) 250G volume. Client hold stuff is a third, work in process is a 4th, and all the other stuff is a fifth. I do not hold most client files more than 3 months after delivery. I have some projects that will necessitate expansion. For private and some institutional clients I do CDs. I'm also doing downloads for some of my clients for smaller jobs and one DVD set to institutional clients when the job size is small enough not to warrant a hard drive. I encourage clients to make backups and keep the gold media I send them pristine. Cheers, Richard At 06:40 PM 2006-12-12, Tom Fine wrote: >Hi Richard: > >You don't archive anything to "archival media" for safety anymore? I >do. Don't most people? Maybe not? > >-- Tom Fine > >----- Original Message ----- From: "Richard L. Hess" ><[log in to unmask]> >Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2006 10:39 AM > >>At 06:46 AM 2006-12-12, Tom Fine wrote: >>>I am actually somewhat surprised that there isn't a large enough >>>medical and mil-spec market for high-quality data storage that a >>>manufacturer would have enough critical mass right there. Tack on >>>archvies/institutions and the music "business" (in quotes because >>>it is quickly becoming the opposite of a business model if >>>business model = profitable and long-term) and it seems there's >>>room for a quality niche. Why not? >> >>Because...the only real niche for optical media are the archives >>too small for a managed digital store. All of the large >>institutions are looking towards managed digital stores aka >>institutional repositories. >> >>It's true. You and I keep things on spinning hard drives even now. > >Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask] >Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX >Detailed contact information: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm >Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.