Digital Storage Media – Questions and Answers

Digital storage media questions and answers to these questions are provided on this page of the website.

Various topics are covered in this digital media questions and answers page such as the structure of information storage media, damage and deterioration that can occur with digital media, how to repair media that has degraded or has been damaged so that it can be made playable again, and how to properly store digital media so that it does not deteriorate quickly and has a long life.

More questions that are addressed are how to handle media so that it does not get damaged, what is the longevity of the various digital media formats, and what are the best formats to use for storing your digital photos, digital video, digital audio, text, and other files so that they will be readable well into the future.

Digital Storage Media Specialist

With 23 years of experience in the field of digital media preservation, our expert will answer your questions. This experience includes performing scientific studies on digital media, publishing papers in journals as well as the production of other documents, performing collection surveys of digital media in several institutions, and teaching workshops dedicated to the preservation of optical disc media, magnetic tapes, magnetic disks such as floppy disks and hard drives, and flash media. In addition, our expert has an additional 10 years of experience performing research on other types of archival materials such as traditional photographic materials and paper. 

If you have a question about digital media or proper preservation of this type of media, simply fill out the form below with your question. Please provide as many details as possible about your question or problem to get the best answer possible. We will do our best to answer your storage media related questions.

Also, if you have a comment or simply a story or personal experience with respect to the topics mentioned above, please feel free to fill in the form below. We are always looking for success stories and failures. Both can help our visitors with their digital storage media concerns. Other individual’s experiences are a valuable asset in a subject area where not a lot of information exists.

Disk or Disc? What is the Correct Spelling?

The words disk or disc are often interchanged with respect to digital storage media. However, there is a difference between the two words. The disk or disc page discusses when it is appropriate to use one word or the other.

Magnetic Memory

There are many different types of magnetic memory storage devices such as magnetic tapes, which include audio, video, and data tapes, and magnetic disks, which include floppy and hard disks.

Digital Media Storage Websites and Resources

For additional information, see the the digital media storage websites page or the digital media resources page.

Digital Storage Media Formats - Questions and Answers

If you have a question or experience to share with respect to structure, deterioration, repair, storage, handling, or longevity of digital storage media formats such as CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, floppy diskettes, hard disk drives, audio tapes, video tapes, etc., please fill in the form below.

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