I tried to retrieve some pictures that I stored in a CDRW in 2002. But the disc is corrupted. I check other CDRW and some are corrupted too. I also 3 DVD-RAM and all have not problem reading. Can media experts here confirm on the reliability of DVD-RAM before I ditch all the CDRW while I stall can read them. Thanks in advance.
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DVD-RAM may be better than some other re-writable media, but there is no re-writable optical media that is suitable for long-term storage. If you want to preserve the data stored on your re-writable discs, copy it to quality write-once optical media, Make more than one copy or copy to a hard drive as well as optical media.
The discs themselves may be fine if read using the original burner ... lg brand burners tend to be less picky
All media is capable of failing.
Making regular backups to more than one type is the only method to guarantee data long term storage and integrity
Thanks for the reply.
It's painful losing pictures taken a decade ago.
And try software like Unstoppable Copier, I think I had success with that a couple of years ago.
If using RAR to archive material, make sure to use recovery record.
Re: Is DVD-RAM the most reliable ?
Get 2 external hard drives and keep them in them at seperate locations for safety and security reasons.
More reliable expecialy for long term storage.
There are a lot of variables, try some solutions:
CD-RW in CD-R or CD-ROM drive - CD-R drives are incapable of reading CD-RWs. If you are using a CD-RW disc verify the drive is a CD-ROM or CD-R drive is capable of reading the disc.
Verify you have the latest drivers installed for the CD-R or recordable drive.
Not all CD-R disks are compatible with all types and speeds of CD-R drives or other recordable drives
Verify the drive supports the recordable media you are attempting to read.