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Backup recorded TV where - DVD or HDD?

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by onefivenine, May 13, 2005.

  1. onefivenine

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    Now that I'm accumulating shed-loads of recorded TV, about 200GB so far in 6 weeks - I'm going to have to delete some or back some up.

    So, do I burn this lot to 50+ DVDs? This be a lengthy slog burning & labelling, not to mention the cost of the disks, and having to find somewhere to keep them?

    Or do I just stick another massive HDD in the PC and dump them on it? This seems a much more convenient option... and I have room for another 4 disks.

    Granted, a HDD would be a BIG single point of failure, but what's the likelihood of it getting corrupted beyond repair or losing it all?

    And given the fact that DVD's have a finite lifespan, is the HDD risk so great that DVD should be the preferred backup medium?

    Any opinions would be welcome!
     
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    Cost - HD = 40p per Gb DVDr is less than 5p per Gb
     
  3. onefivenine

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    Yeah I'm not really bothered about the money side.
    Anyway it depends how you perceive that cost saving... for 200GB it'll cost an extra £70 to go the HDD route...
    Compare that against the number of hours it will take you to burn & label 50 DVDs. Plus these would all need to take up space somewhere... and I already need more shelves for my DVD collection.

    Any other non-financial reasons?
     

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