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Physical Media - Storing Bits

Q. How should I store the bits I pull from digital media?

In reviewing your options for storing the bits you pulled from physical media, consider these six when selecting your storage media :

  1. Longevity - your chosen media should have a proven life span of at least ten years
  2. Capacity - make sure that your media can adequately store your the content you have now and the content you plan to collect in the future
  3. Viability - the media you choose should support error detection and data recovery 
  4. Obsolescence - choose technology that is well established and widely available
  5. Cost - consider both the cost for purchasing the media and the cost for maintaining it over time
  6. Susceptibility - the media you choose should show a low susceptibility to data loss and physical damage *

* From: Selecting Storage Media for Long-Term Preservation. by Adrian Brown. The National Archives. (2003, June). [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documents/selecting-storage-media.pdf]

Take action

  • Review storage available to you
  • Review current storage options
  • Choose storage
  • Implement storage
  • Monitor storage

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  • Selecting Storage Media for Long-Term Preservation. by Adrian Brown. The National Archives. (2003, June) [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documents/selecting-storage-media.pdf]
    This guide provides information for the creators and managers of electronic  records about the selection of physical storage media in the context of long-term preservation.The scope of this guidance note is limited to removable storage media.

 

Last updated on 08/26/13, 9:17 pm by callee

 

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