Durable Information

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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

At Creative Memories, I evaluate photographic products and related materials so that today's memories are not lost to the future and then communicate this information to Creative Memories Consultants and their customers. My interests extend from preservation of traditional photographs to the production of photo books to the expected longevity of electronic image files. My long-term objective is to direct the development of technology that meets consumers needs for high-quality products.
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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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