What's the best way to store data long-term?
I was going to put a USB hard drive in my "safety deposit box" but will my grandchildren be able to access it decades later? (Do hard drives degrade over time?)
- David KLv 62 months ago
I suggest SSD instead of HDD and also DVD copies. The bigger challenge decades later might be whether there is ability to read USB drives. For example, cassette tapes were popular a few decades ago, but almost impossible today to find devices to access them. Good luck.
- ?Lv 72 months ago
All electronics degrade over time so there is always a risk. If you want to use HDD then take multiple copies as the magnetic platters tend to weaken and need refreshing every 3 years if not used.
Probably the best way of storing data is via cloud storage which has built in redundancy.
M-disc are said to last decades
- Anonymous2 months ago
M-Disc (google it)