Durable Information


What’s The Most Durable Way To Store Information?
1. Engrave it on a piece of platinum.
2. Bury the platinum in the desert
Popular Science, December 2013

Apparently, the most durable way to preserve information is to engrave it on platinum and then to bury it in the desert. I haven’t tried this approach, and until I decide to do so, I am planning to continue to rely on the M-Disc. For more details on storing files on the M-Disc see Step-By-Step Guide to a Permanent Digital StoryBook Backup.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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2 Responses to Durable Information

  1. Cheryl says:

    Hi Mark, thanks so much for your blogs. I especially like today’s blog because I am going to visit a friend in Arizona so I will be able to bury my disc in the desert! However, I do have a question…..this might be a stupid question…..but I can I follow these same steps to save just my digital photos that are not in a StoryBook? Thanks

    • Mark Mizen says:

      The same process will work for preserving photos. I have a large number of photos and am not as interested in preserving them as I am in preserving photo books, which include all of the stories and other information related to the photos. I use an external hard drive for backing-up photos.

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