If we read the NIST study on DVD life span we see we are well past 25 years to 100 years under ideal conditions. That hard disk has a 5 year warranty, no write protection and the parts degrade with time.
To me your plan sounds like an easy access solution but fails to be "backup."
Hi guys I've got a couple questions about HDD's so bear with me.
I have about 200-300 DVDs worth of info I want to back up on a hdd. I was thinking of getting 2-3 hitachi desktar 7k1000 1TB internal hard drive's to transfer the contents of my dvd's to and use as a storage. I read that the two most important thing to think about when choosing a HDD are the RPM and the storage size. I've noticed that there are a some HDD's that have the same storage size and RPM, but different data transfer rates's and sometimes different memory buffers.
Is the transfer from DVDs to HDDs completely dependant on the read speed of my dvd drive, or does the RPM, Storage size and buffer of the HDD play a part?
Another thing I'm curious about. I notice alot of HDD's targetted at gamers are small in capacity but high in RPM's or are SSD's. Is this so the gamer can transfer files to another larger HDD more quickly?
If I'm using a second HDD as a storage device, do I need to install the same OS on it, that's on my primary HDD?
The point of all this is I download a lot of anime (which have become bigger in file sizes because of the jump to HD)and am constantly burning them onto dvd's because my laptop has very low storage space and is old. I want to get a new comp that primarily does two things. Can play up to 1080p h/x.264 .avi/mkv files and can transfer data quickly to a large storage HDD.
Thanks for any help