Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Archiving Your Valuable Files

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management, Hardware & Peripherals, Uncategorized

Harvey asks:

Somewhere I remember reading about certain CDs that were recommended for archival information. My recollection is that they had some coating or thicker layers that would last longer. Do you know of such items? Also, are there special storage sleeves for CD discs that inhibit age related deterioration?

Well, Harvey, to begin with, the disc that most people recommend for archiving is a gold DVD.


In tests, these have been shown to have up to a 15 year retention time.

As far as storing your discs goes, the type of storage sleeve doesn’t really matter. Keep your DVDs in a dry, temperature-controlled environment. As long as you do that, the sleeves don’t matter.

There are other options for archiving your photos and other information, though.

One is to use memory cards.


Memory cards can have much larger capacity than DVD’s, anywhere from double to triple or more. If you are using these to archive information, you should (again) store them in a temperature-controlled environment in their original plastic containers.

Another option is to use an external hard drive.
These tend to be MUCH larger (up to 2 TB) and much less expensive on a dollar per megabyte basis than memory cards. Again, they should be stored in a temperature-controlled, dry environment. If you are using it for archiving information rather than simply backing up information, you should store the drive in its original container.

One of the most important things to remember, though, is that ALL OF THESE OPTIONS CAN AND PROBABLY WILL FAIL. ALL OF THEM.

But don’t panic. That doesn’t mean that it’s hopeless to back your information up or to archive it. All that it means is that it is important to use redundancy in your back-ups and archives. This means that if you use discs, backup the discs and keep the second set stored separately from the first set. If you use memory cards, back up your memory card and store the two cards separately. You get the idea. It is also a good idea to periodically check your archived material to make sure that it’s okay. If the data has become corrupted for whatever reason, no problem… you have the backup to make a new archive. The chances of your archived material and backup archive material both failing at the same time are slim to none.

Hope this helps.

~Randal Schaffer

Leave a Reply

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.

Enter Email Address:


Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup

Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive