What DVD's ?
I'd rather store the pictures on an external hard disk like LaCie 250- 750 GB. Much more space for pics, faster and more reliable. DVDs may be extinct in a couple of years when BlueRay will become a standard.
Don't rely on a single brand. Try to get different brands that use different manufacturing processes. Color of the bottom side is a quick way to tell. Then make a copy on each kind. An internet search on DVD longevity turns up lots of hits.
Are you talking about Backup or Archiving? An external or removable Hard Disk is excellent for backup. Write once media (DVDs) is more suited to archiving.
"Remember you can never have too many backups -- only too few."
I use an external hard drive to keep a copy on a different physical drive; i.e. mirroring, but I also backup to DVD periodically and these are kept in a safe place.
The rule of thumb is that the good media is made in Japan. Check out http://www.cdr-zone.com/articles/recordable_dvd_quality_page_1.html
Blu-ray devices typically also support DVD/CD formats also: e.g. Lacie d2 Blu-ray Drive.
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That's what I always use and I've never had one fail.
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Just out of curiosity,
What's the oldest Verbatim DVD you've got that you can still playback images from?
Thank you all for your tips. I have all my pictures secured on an external LaCie HD and was looking for a second item to have a supplementary backup.
As you have said you are using these to back up your LaCie.
This is the best way. I, like you, back up to a portable hard disk and also made DVD/BluRay copies to remove from the site. Never leave everything in the same location as a fire will/can wipe out everything
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From the cameras, photos get copied to my Mac then to an external drive. They all get backed up periodically onto DVD-R and stored in another location.
I also just recently bought the LaCie d2 Blu-Ray drive. It can read/write all types (-
+RW) of CD, DVD (dual layer as well) and Blu-Ray. Dual layer BD holds 50GB, so I now archive to Blu-Ray as it shrank my DVD collection tenfold.
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