Hi Don:

A single hard drive definitely won't last longer. We've discussed managed/migrated storage ad 
nauseum here. Don't worry, I think you're probably older than I am, so your CDs will outlast you if 
you take care of them. I'm guessing mine will too, but I've already had problems with seldom-played 
early-era discs. One problem CDs have is that they warp even under good storage conditions. I assume 
the plastic expands and contracts and a different rate from the aluminum, perhaps causing warping 
over time. Once they get un-flat enough, they are hard for many players to reliably read at 1x 
speed, but seem to be OK to rip in my Plextor PC drive.

-- Tom Fine

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From: "Don Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2013 10:04 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Maximizing CD Storage Space

> On 06/11/2013, Tom Fine wrote:
>> Agree they should have used a less-brittle kind of plastic, but I'm
>> sure the cost factor figured in. Also remember that in the early CD
>> days, discs were sold in cardboard long boxes, so less likely you'd
>> get a damaged jewel case. If you break one at home, replacements are
>> dirt-cheap.
>> I really like the soft plastic Gaylord boxes that libraries use, but
>> they are frosted semi-opaque, which makes reading the spine harder.
>> As a matter of course, one should handle their CD collection with care
>> because so many discs are now out of print. Fingerprints are toxic,
>> and circular scratches often cause fatal read errors.
>> Non-deep/non-wide scratches that go from center to edge (ie not along
>> the circle) are less likely to cause read errors, but should be
>> avoided. One problem with envelopes is that they can be conducive to
>> scratches, especially in a dirty environment. I'm more and more of the
>> mind that it's wise to rip our CDs to hard drives, not counting on the
>> discs being playable long-term. I worry about players eventually not
>> existing (not likely in my lifetime, but possible) and the discs
>> getting unplayable from some aging process that we don't yet know
>> about (plastic is, after all, plastic and thus not 100% stable over
>> time).
> Amber is chemically similar to plastics and lasts for millions of years.
> Man-made plastics have varying lifetimes. Nylon, for instance, lasts a
> few decades before crumbling.
> I think polycarbonate is one of the better ones.
> I don't understand why you think a hard drive will last longer.
> Regards
> -- 
> Don Cox
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