Think backing up to DVDs is a good idea? Not in the opinion of David
Pogue, the technology columnist for the New York Times. I hadn't
thought about this, but holy smokes! Here's an excerpt from his Dec. 10th post:
Homemade DVD’s: Going, Going, Gone?
Jeez Louise. A conference organizer asked if I could put together a DVD
loop of my funniest Web videos, to play in the registration area while
attendees stand in line. No problem, I thought: I've got all of the
original iMovie projects backed up on DVD, in clear cases, neatly
arrayed in a drawer next to my desk. (My hard drive wasn't big enough
to hold those 50 videos a year.) Guess what? On the Mac I use for video
editing, most of the DVD's were unreadable. They're less than four
years old! … I know, of course, that home-burned DVD's, which rely on
organic dye that deteriorates with time, are nowhere near as long-lived
as commercially pressed discs. But man. Four years? Scared the bejeezus
out of me. I've been told by experts that the gold DVD blanks can
indeed last 100 years. Guess I'll be trying that next!
So even if you can find the DVDs (would surely be a problem in my messy
office) and they don't get scratched or destroyed, they may just be
completely unreadable. Another reason to back up online.