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Archiving poor advice.


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I was reading an article in Micro Mart about archiving photographs and other files. The idea was that you save your photographs digitally, rather than as prints and they will be safer.

I have photographs in my album that are as good as new and fifty years old, my mum has photographs of her mum as a child, that are still pretty good.

What are the chances of a DVD, SD card, USB stick, etc, retaining data for fifty, or a hundred years. And would the equipment still exist to read the format. Also, if you were rummaging through the attic and came across an old DVD, would you bother to play it, or would you just throw it away.

To be fair, the article does say that you must renew the archive every couple of years, although would you remember and once stored in the attic, there is very little chance of an update.

I would argue that photographs are far more future proof, than any digital medium. Simply because you can view them without any equipment. Granted an SD card may hold a wealth of data, but it is useless, if your great, great grandson pulls it out of a box, squints at it, thinks its a bit of plastic and throws it away.

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john bunyan

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AtichBEE. Do you have a scanner or photo edting software? You could do some trial and error yourself. Paint.net is, I believe a good freebie photo software.

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jb - Thanks for that, I do have an Epson GT-5000 scanner, but have not used it for a few years. (scsi connection - used it with Amiga). I will follow your advice, although I do not have a decent printer. I'll use the shop option for a few of my photos, and set up my scanner again soon, for the bulk of my photos.

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