Best recordable dvd format for archiving data?

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  1. David_Jr

    David_Jr Supporting Actor

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    My office has asked me to research dvd recordable media for archiving data. They are looking to archive data on a dvd recordable computer drive that needs to be stable for approximately 10 years. The discs will not be written to again once finalized. Which is best? DVD-R, or DVD+R, or DVD-RW, or DVD+RW? What about compatibility issues with other dvd drives? Also what about durability? Cost? A search on the topic produced no information newer than 1 1/2 years old, that's an eternity in computer years. Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Rob Gillespie

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    Out of the choices you've listed I would choose DVD-R. Any RW disc could be accidentally erased and the '-' variety is probably going to be the greater longevity in the marketplace over the '+'. The '+' does have advantages - namely the drag-and-drop facility, but this probably wont be an important factor for you.

    Realistically though, I think you need to consider that DVD may not be around in ten years' time. You may be left at the mercy of whether or not you can find a working DVD-ROM drive to recover your data. When newer formats come around it would probably be wise to refresh your backups.
     
  3. John_Berger

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    I would also agree on DVD-R/W as it is a more mature format and the discs are less expensive from what I've seen on the Internet.
     

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