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Submission + - Your DVDs will rot even if in ideal storage 2

AnalogDiehard writes: I've been making personal backup copies of software DVDs when I buy them. I use the backup and store the original in a cool dry place in protection sleeves, and I do not distribute or sell them. This is perfectly legal under US Copyright law U.S.C. section 117. More than once when I had replaced a computer at home, I found that the backup DVD no longer worked and had to make a new one. Just recently I pulled out the original DVD to make a new backup, and I was dismayed to find that no longer worked either. I checked my other original DVDs and found some that had never been pulled out since purchase had also went bad. It turns out that DVD rot is very real — even if your original DVDs are stored as optimally as possible, they will simply degrade to a worthless drink coaster even if not used. After many experiments I have yet to find a brand or blank media type that is reliable. Needless to say, I no longer rely on DVD media for backup.
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Your DVDs will rot even if in ideal storage

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  • All media decays with time. Hard drives go the slowest, so that's your best bet for long term archival backups but even then you should use tools like quickpar and spread your data between multiple drives.

    As for your particular dvd experience, you're storing written dvds in sleeves. That means that the weight of all those dvds presses directly on the discs. Which means constant pressure on the dyes that you burned or didn't burn to make the disk. Think it through.

    Having cheaped out on sleeves instead of cas

Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. -- Thomas Jefferson