Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Why aren’t optical disks the top choice for archive storage?

Optical media is the longest lasting medium currently in production. It can reliably hold onto your data for 50-100 years without power or cooling, and without the worry of magnetic degradation. 

Using recordable optical media such as DVD-R is perfectly suitable for long-term archiving because it is write-once, read-many, meaning it is physically immutable—cannot be changed—so the data on it is tamper-proof.

It seems, then, that optical media might dominate archived storage, but it doesn’t. To explore why, first let’s take a look at the technology.

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Thanks to W. Curtis Preston (see source)

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