It was Vint Cerf who said that, one the fathers of the 'net (he co-designed TCP/IP).
Essentially he thinks people should be printing their photos?! LOL
How about store your data in redunant storage systems, and regularly replace the storage medium (drives, flash, etc). And as technology updates (I/O etc) adapt it when you can. I have always seen data storage systems as living breathing systems that require regular maintenance, part replacement, etc. I have a box of every hard drive I've owned since 1994. They're all in anti-static bags (more than one hundred drives. That box is utterly impossible to pickup you need to use a dolly to move it. Anyway I've yet to comb through all of them, but I have them organized so that I hit the oldest drives first, over time. All the important stuff I want in my storage system.
But back to the OP of this article, I think it's an extremely easy task. Assuming the drive is intact and functioning that is. There's so many options (and the little USB and eSATA adapters are incredibly useful). I use them all the time. I have an eSATA dock that does SATA and IDE.