I have 3 options that I can use with my budget
- CD's and DVD's: I currently use these to store the final renders of my commercials in the clients file. So far so good, check them every year. I've only been diong this for a year though
- Hard drives: Kind of reluctant to store on these for long periods of time because they have moving parts and need to be spun to keep in working condition. I use them for my backup, but not really wanting to use them for storage cause that requires spinning them every so often, which I might forget to do.
- Flash Drives, Sd cards, ect: Something I was thinking about but haven't tried. using an 8gb SD card to store a whole project sounds great to me, and for $12 a pop that's not too bad on a per-project basis from here on out.
So I guess my question would be this... CD's and DVD's vs SD cards and flash drives, which one would be better for long term storage?
I'd vote redundant HDs:
- WAY faster than other methods
- HDs are easier to search for what you are looking for than stacks of CDs, DVDs, and now Blu-rays
- redundant allows for drive failure and "off site" storage at the same time
- in a few years when the HDs are getting old, copying them to a newer, and certainly larger they way things are going, HD would be simple and fast
Get a 2 TB external. It'll hold gobs of final renders, and it's very easy to leave connected and spin up.
Yeah I guess HDD's are the easiest way to go for now. Hopefully SSD's become more reliable and larger so we can have a good long term digital storage media.