Archiving Projects-- TAPE vs. DVD

Josh Coates jcoates at
Thu Feb 9 12:56:06 MST 2006

> If you want longevity and capacity, go with tape. Period.


wrong answer. :-/

you can't put a "Period." at the end of any "optical vs. tape archive"
statement.  this is a long lived debate and there are a whole bunch of
factors involved in determining what the best solution is - even if all you
care about is longevity and capacity.

as far as longevity goes, tapes go bad all the time - and aside from that,
there is also a problem with actually finding a reader that will read them
after many, many years.  ever inherited a stack of tapes old, strange
looking data tapes and been asked to "recover the data"?  not fun.

on the other hand, there is plenty of research that indicates that optical
media also goes bad after some number of years - and there certainly isn't
much capacity in the widely available variety of optical options.

anyway, just wanted to correct that "Period." statement.  btw - you should
also consider using disks as archiving.  there are many companies that sell,
and many that use disk based systems for long term archiving.

good luck,


> -----Original Message-----
> From: plug-bounces at [mailto:plug-bounces at] On 
> Behalf Of Matthew Walker
> Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 12:46 PM
> To: Provo Linux Users Group Mailing List
> Subject: Re: Archiving Projects-- TAPE vs. DVD
> On Thursday 09 February 2006 12:44, justin gedge wrote:
> > Specifically-- the goal is to archive data from a project.  This is 
> > NOT for a nightly backup [nightly back ups are covered 
> already].  This 
> > is for pulling project data off the system [when the 
> project is done] 
> > and storing it on a medium that will be archived both 
> locally an in a 
> > document control center for easy retrieval at a future date [if 
> > needed].  Longevity is a concern, as well as capacity.
> >
> If you want longevity and capacity, go with tape. Period.
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