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 PostPost subject: SSDs perfect for archiving?        Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:36 pm 
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I was talking to someone about solid state disks having decided to buy an eeepc and prices are coming down (I've seen a couple of 32GB SSDs for little more than £100) and their weakness is in writing to them.

Here's an example: http://www.memory-configurator.co.uk/products/description/32GB_Transcend_2_5-IDE_Internal_SSD_Solid_State_Disk/.
Check out the MTBF, that's a staggering 410 years.

It's nothing particularly critical compared to a HDD but SSDs are limited in how much you can write to them because after a certain number of writes each part of the SSD eventually fails and the drive will, over time, shrink because less and less functioning space on the drive...

Now, as long as you don't write to them too much you have in theory a storage method that will last way beyond a human lifespan (or several, in fact)... This strikes me as the perfect way to store betas and other important historical computing data.

What do you all think about this, do you think it'll last as long as I'm thinking, do you think storing important documents and data on these things is wise?


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 PostPost subject: Re: SSDs perfect for archiving?        Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 8:21 pm 
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I'll believe it when I see it. It is far more effective to store data on a regular cd/dvd/Blue-Ray in an air tight box then to have it in this contraption. Laser based devices rely on relective properties of the material, which in the case of a CD-ROM can be only changed by light exposure... (or, I suppose scratching)

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Now, as long as you don't write to them too much you have in theory a storage method that will last way beyond a human lifespan (or several, in fact)... This strikes me as the perfect way to store betas and other important historical computing data.


The best way to store historical stuff is to diversify the storage facilities; with digital formats all that maters is the information and not the meathod for storage. Consquently, the document being stored on a jump drive or on a website makes no difference. Therefore, the only thing necessary is to have lots of information and then the media it is stored on becomes irrelevant.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 11:30 pm 
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from what i have experienced good old old cdr,s are the most relieable (o long as they are secure and only used sparingly ) i think a on-line storage solution is a good idea as well, make sure its a professional service, not some free-by site.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:25 am 
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SSD's will be great, the problem with cd's and dvd's(as with all optical media, stored for long periods of time) is that when you burn them yourself they will last at most a decade. Unless you have one of those disc presses, SSD's are probably best.


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Deathwarder wrote:
SSD's will be great, the problem with cd's and dvd's(as with all optical media, stored for long periods of time) is that when you burn them yourself they will last at most a decade. Unless you have one of those disc presses, SSD's are probably best.


That was my reasoning, optical media and tapes break down over time, SSDs don't.


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moonlit wrote:
Deathwarder wrote:
SSD's will be great, the problem with cd's and dvd's(as with all optical media, stored for long periods of time) is that when you burn them yourself they will last at most a decade. Unless you have one of those disc presses, SSD's are probably best.


That was my reasoning, optical media and tapes break down over time, SSDs don't.


Only when stored in light :D. Place them in the dark; lets say a dark box and it works without problems...

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I personally back up my data onto DVDs, but I'm making a switch to a couple small SSDs (16 GB each, but they hold IMPORTANT stuff like taxes, etc). Both of these are in different locations - one in my safe and one in my bank's safe deposit box.

Both of these (along with DVDs) are backed up once a month and brought back to their respective locations.

It's always good to keep backups/copies of backups off-site, too!


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SSD:s should be nice since there are no moving parts. But as with all important backup it has to be stored in a place where no major shifts occur of heat, humidity, light etc. Some air-tight safebox somewhere. And of course, keep a duplicate backup on some other media somewhere else if it's really important...

But SSD:s will be so much since since it's smaller, lighter, cooler, silent and isn't prone to hardware failures as mechanical stuff is.


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