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Old 01-08-2018, 07:24 AM
 
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Hi,

I read that if one of the aforementioned events happened then it could destroy computers, flash drives, dvd's, data centers, the internet, electronics and so forth.

Is there an INEXPENSIVE way that we can back up our personal photos, videos and documents in the event of such events occurring?
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Old 01-08-2018, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Shoot the messenger.

Much of this is tremendously overhyped.

Toss your backups into a bank safety deposit box if you are concerned. Reinforced concrete and redundant metal boxes are good protection from a lot of things.
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Old 01-08-2018, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Prepperland
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M DISC
https://www.pcworld.com/article/2933...and-years.html
Want your data to outlive you by a few centuries? M-Disc optical media, with its super-stable data layer, is what you're looking for.

At a Glance
  • Millenniata M-Disc

    Pros
    • Lasts a very long time
    • Read compatible with nearly all existing drives

    Cons

    • M-Disc DVD-R can only be written with compatible burners


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Old 01-09-2018, 06:21 AM
 
Location: East Flatbush, Brooklyn
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Make hard copies of everything.
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Old 01-09-2018, 07:51 AM
 
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Make hard copies of everything.
Agreed. Make sure you print out each Blu-ray. Only need around 16 million pages per disc.
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Old 01-09-2018, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Bellmawr, New Jersey
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Use the M Disc but if this happens they're are gonna be bigger problems to worry about then a lost puppy from 10 years ago.
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Old 01-09-2018, 02:43 PM
 
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M DISC
https://www.pcworld.com/article/2933...and-years.html
Want your data to outlive you by a few centuries? M-Disc optical media, with its super-stable data layer, is what you're looking for.

At a Glance
  • Millenniata M-Disc

    Pros
    • Lasts a very long time
    • Read compatible with nearly all existing drives

    Cons

    • M-Disc DVD-R can only be written with compatible burners


Will M-Discs survive a nuclear war, EMP or solar flare?
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Old 01-09-2018, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Will M-Disc survive nuclear war, EMP or solar flare?
"M-Disc DVD-R can only be written with compatible burners"

Seriously, you ask the wrong question. The word "compatible" brought it to mind. The more likely question is "Will M-Disc survive..." toddler offspring with toxic spit-up, a failed relationship or two, a couple moves involving questionable roommates, a job where they demand access to your social media and private accounts, and a desire to have your past recorded?

For generations, individuals had the luxury of their pasts being lost to history and examination. If you have ANY idea of the lives of your great great grandparents, it is because only the positive aspects of those lives were recorded. Your illegal download of "Debbie Does Dallas" may come to epitomize your life. Be very careful of what you wish for.
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Old 01-10-2018, 07:20 AM
 
Location: East Flatbush, Brooklyn
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Agreed. Make sure you print out each Blu-ray. Only need around 16 million pages per disc.
Oh, I thought you were asking a serious question, like how to save things worth saving (like photos and documents) and in a way that would survive an EMP fine. I didn't realize you were asking a joke question, like how to back up movies on Blu-Ray that would be useless after an EMP, since there wouldn't be a way to view them. My mistake.
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Old 01-31-2018, 04:10 PM
 
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M DISC
https://www.pcworld.com/article/2933...and-years.html
Want your data to outlive you by a few centuries? M-Disc optical media, with its super-stable data layer, is what you're looking for.

At a Glance
  • Millenniata M-Disc

    Pros
    • Lasts a very long time
    • Read compatible with nearly all existing drives

    Cons

    • M-Disc DVD-R can only be written with compatible burners



The problem will be finding working equipment in 30 years to read any of that stuff back. Archivists are having problems finding working/fixable equipment to read back old 9-track mainframe tapes that were quite common in their day. Even if the data could be read back, will anyone 200 years from now have the software or the knowledge and know-how to decode an Mpeg stream or even a single .jpg image,
or will that knowledge slip through the cracks over time and be lost? If there is ever a global thermonuclear war, followed by the very likely religious hysteria/regression into a medieval-type society among the survivors , you might need a lot more than "a few centuries" for anyone to come around and try
to read that data back and try to figure out what is on it and reconstruct
the necessary hardware and software to open the files.

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