Hi Jayney, greetings from France !

An intereting fact about RDX I believe : please check on the video I 
just found there :
and please do not miss the instructive comments among which one 
understands that RDX is nothing else than a common 2.5'' harddrive 
(brand is seagate) into a plastic box with a bit of rubber suspension. 
Do not be cheated ! I believe a bunch of external drives  (USB or 
E-SATA) will do the same job and save your money.

Having responsibilies in acquiring and preserving audio data, I usually 
make use of CF cards, making saves on 3.5'' harddrives exclusively, 
should they be raid arrays or non-raid, but always with redundant copies 
stored in different places.
If LTO seems to be the best placed for long term preservation of huge 
archives, I believe it is not convenient for a budget or a single 
entrepreneur and that redundant hard drives may remain the most 
reasonable option.

Henri (like Corey a happy user in the easy world of Linux)


Nelson Mandela on floppy cylinders or the digitization of the Rivonia trial with the archeophone :

The Dictabelt, a recording medium of the 1950's :

The Phonobase, 10000 early French cylinders and records online :

École normale supérieure
Pôle histoire numérique

Tel : 33 6 64 80 00 81
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Le 26/01/2016 22:30, subscribe arsclist Jayney Wallick Jayney Jayney 
Wallick Bard at Large (206) 286-6691 a écrit :
> Hi There,
> I record live music, and have been doing so since 1974. Several years ago I
> managed to transfer what I wanted to save to DDS tape, until I started
> recording to Compact Flash cards in 2012. Since then I've been backing
> everything up to LTO until late last month/year when my computer's power
> supply failed, frying the LTO drive in the process. I have only filled up
> one LTO tape in that time, and had started a second late in 2014. The
> partial tape had to be sacrificed to run the diagnostics used to determine
> that the LTO drive was damaged.
> I know of a service that can transfer LTO tapes to other media. My research
> seems to indicate that both RDX drives and LTO tapes are life-tested to last
> 30 years. Given that the RDX drive can be an external USB drive, and the LTO
> drive has to have a computer-specific SAS or some other such card to support
> it, and requires separate installation, which of these media do you think is
> more archival? Just to be clear, I record on two compact flash cards, so
> already have the audio files in two places when I leave the concert, and
> then go home and back them up to have a third place. Do you think there's an
> advantage, archivally speaking, between LTO and RDX, or is it six of one,
> and half a dozen of the other? I'd like to make a purchase decision by 1-29-
> 16 if at all possible, so if someone could please reply soon I'd greatly
> appreciate it.
> Many thanks,
> Jayney