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    Hello Guys

    I have my 8mm tapes catured as .AVI. They are currently stored on a 1T byte external HDD. I edit, then make DVD's and give them away to friends and family quite readily. Now, what to and how should I save the .AVI's? I am interested in longevity. These files are anywhere from 7G to 8G in size.

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    Originally Posted by st711
    Hello Guys

    I have my 8mm tapes catured as .AVI. They are currently stored on a 1T byte external HDD. I edit, then make DVD's and give them away to friends and family quite readily. Now, what to and how should I save the .AVI's? I am interested in longevity. These files are anywhere from 7G to 8G in size.

    Happy holiday!

    Stewart
    If DV or HDV, they can be recorded back to tape as a backup. Quality DV tape (e.g. Panasonic PQ) is less than $3/13GB online. Otherwise keep two copies on hard disc and a third offsite just like any other backup data.

    I keep my DV-HDV material on original tapes and on two hard drives (one off-site). When the hard drives get to 4 years old, I dub to new drives and so on.
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    Chop into 2-hour segments, convert a copy to DV, and store back to tape. It's a decent archival method, if you don't want to buy more hard drives.

    Another option is high bitrate MPEG, chopped into 15 minute pieces, stored on DVD-R.

    Or just buy 2TB RAID1 drives.
    7-8GB is puny.
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