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Chapter 5. The Image Archive  > Migrating the Archive

Migrating the Archive

Not much is known about digital longevity on any particular media. What is certain is that digital data deteriorates no matter what media it is stored on. Digital media may also deteriorate and/or fail. For optical media, use the highest quality write-once media since these media use more stable dyes to hold the data. High-quality optical media also has better edge sealing, which guards against the invasion of dye-eating microbes. Keeping the optical media in jewel cases or in CD notebooks (ideally those with archival pages) guards against the three nemeses of optical storage: exposure to sunlight, heat, and scratches.

Keeping CD/DVD/Blu-Ray in protected binders with archival pages enhances the longevity of the image data.


  

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