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cds as archive medium - maybe not!

Subject: cds as archive medium - maybe not!
From: "oryoki2000" <>
Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 22:22:57 -0000
Maybe CDs (and by implication DVDs)
are not such a great long-term
storage medium after all.

A study by a Dutch PC Magazine
found that some CDs became at
least partly unreadable after
only 20 months of proper storage.
Reportedly the worst offenders
were no-label CDs sold through
chain stores at cheap prices.

Here's a summary in English:

Perhaps a Dutch-speaking reader of
this group could review the original
article and give us a report.

Note that minidisc uses a different method
to save data, so this report *does not*
imply that data on minidiscs is at risk.

Speaking of minidiscs, I read a report
that Sharp showed a prototype consumer
minidisc model at a trade show in Germany
that has optical digital output as well
as input.  So consumer minidisc users won't
have to purchase a separate  minidisc deck
to transfer recordings to a PC in digital



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