How do you archive genealogical files and publications? Magnetic media (hard drive, flash memory, tapes) – not recommended for such by their manufacturers. CDs and DVDs you buy in a store – perhaps 20 years. Gold archival DVD – maybe a hundred years. Cloud storage – lasts until the subscription payments stop coming. One solution is acid-free paper in a protected environment. Or maybe a small pyramid out in the Egyptian desert.
But three new digital media technologies promising true archival storage have emerged, one of which is available now. All are able to withstand extreme environments (like that in my garage on a hot day).
|Chisiled in stone.|
|Etched on glass.|
|Saved as a hologram.|
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