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Yes, I'm referring to moving files from one computer to the next and
managing an array of drives that have music on them. I'm not saying that
it's impossible, but my experience was that I did lose content on drives
and that I'm also lazy enough to not follow up on backing up my collection.
This also connects to the whole physical artifact idea - I'm more likely to
care about a physical object than a digital one.

I have other arguments against the practicality of digital libraries right
now, but that's getting further off-topic. Also, FWIW I trust that digital
files will be playable in the future.

On Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 10:08 AM, Gary A. Galo <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Exactly, Matt! Banks back up and transfer their data periodically, and
> they will surely have the data on 30-year mortgages when payoff time comes,
> and beyond.
>
> Gary
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> On Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:12:23 -0500 eliya gwetta <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> "I buy vinyl records because I will be able to play them in 30 years,
> while my digital files will probably be lost in the next 10 years."
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> Why will your digital files be lost in the next 10 years? Personal digital
> preservation requires a proactive approach, but it's not very difficult or
> expensive. Replenishing and backing up data does require some thought and
> at least intermittent attention, but if your collection is worth it to you,
> it's a small price to pay.
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