I hate DVD dics. I’m done with them, and I’m looking for other solutions for long term media storage. I wanted to ask how long can hard drives be reallied upon to store data? Are they a good investment?
Here’s how I came about this idea:
I own the entire Star Trek voyager series on DVD. Of course, the packaging holding all 49 discs took up an entire shelf. I did the only sane thing. I ripped all episodes and managed to fit the entire series into 8 dual layered DVD’s. Nice, except here comes DS9 and TOS, and Enterprise, and the next generation, and the movies, and my SO’s favorite shows like felicity and 90210 and on and on. It’s ridiculous the amount of space needed. Not only that but DVD media isn’t very reliable. Just yesterday we tried to play a few shows stored in a DVD about 2 years ago and it was a no go. The DVD didn’t play on any of our PC’s.
So I told myself, self, I could probably squeeze the entirety of Star Trek Media, all episodes from all the series + all the movies in HD in a single 750 GB had drive. With a simple external USB to SATA dock I can easily hook up that hard drive and have media center on our HTPC read all the data therein. Imagine that, all of star trek not strewn across dozens of unreliable DVD’s, but all in one single $50 hard drive.
So my questions to you guys are:
How reliable are Hard Drives for this kind of long term storage with occasional access? Are there better solutions out there now, or in the near future? How do you guys deal with all the space discs take up? Are there any solutions for the storage of hard drives? I’m thinking some sort of racks or something were they can slide in. I know there are enclosures, but they are expensive since they usually feature USB or network access, or even RAID. Obviously, I wouldn’t need that, just a physical rack where they can be inserted without having them just stacked on top of one another.
Any suggestions, thoughts, ideas are welcomed!