It’s crazy :crazy: a few floppy disks to sort and I find I am working for hours at checking then transferring the data to other media, while I still have access to a floppy disk drive. I haven’t quite finished the task yet.
The next decision is, do I save the floppies that held the original data I have decided to preserve. Some forms of media are more resilient to deterioration than others. However, few are resilient to changes in technology and the concomittant equipment developments that we are required to buy into to keep up to date with progress. These progressions are the reason for using lots of my time to save information.
Floppy disks did not take up much space; they did not however, hold much data either. CD’s hold much more information as do DVD’s and they require careful storage to preserve them in a healthy condition. CD’s are my media of choice for written data and I suppose I shall use DVD’s for the masses of digital archives that have formed out of nowhere. A decision still has to be made about the real photos that piled up over the years. :**:
I know that the easiest thing to do would be to save everything to an external hard drive. They are getting less cumbersome. You should see my first one. Even sprog didn’t know what the great lump was. It is still more economic to used CD’s etc.
A little voice tells me though, there will come a time when I may need to back up onto an external hard drive, what I have so far transferred elsewhere. But then, if I do, I won’t be able to view digital media (pictures etc) through a DVD player, will I?