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RootPrompt.org: Backing up to CD

Sep 23, 2000, 13:46 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Noel)

[ Thanks to noel for this link. ]

"A CD-R(W) is an inexpensive device, with inexpensive media. The one I have was purchased for $135 and I have media that I payed about 33 cents a piece for. A CD-R holds enough information for my personal needs and it is stable compared to magnetic media. I have chosen to use CD-Rs rather than CD-RW because of the additional cost of CD-RWs."

"If you had too much data to fit on one CD you could break up your backup job into several different CD-Rs. Backup your system on Monday, your MPEGS on Tuesday, your email on Wednesday, etc."

"One additional concern is that the cheap CD-Rs may not last as long as the more expensive ones. What I plan to do is use a more expensive CD-R occasionally so that even if the cheap ones fail or only last a year I will still have a backup. Each brand of CD-R uses different chemical compounds for the CD for patent reasons so I would recommend that you use different brands for your backup. That way if one brand degrades faster than it should you will still have your backups."

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