Sunday, Oct 9th, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor | Comment

Nigel Powell of The Sunday Times received this query from a worried reader. “Photos that i put on CDs four years ago have started to degrade”. Is there any way around this? Nigel replys. The degradation of optical media is not given enough publicity. Discs do deteriorate, especially the cheaper type that often have thin coatings. My solution is to keep important material backed up on multiple media. So, for added protection- as well as storing photos on CDs – I have additional copies on DVD and on a 100GB external USB hard drive. ( try www.storagedepot.co.uk ).

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