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, how to properly store digital media so that it does not deteriorate quickly and has a long life, how to handle media so that it does not get damaged, and finally 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.

With 15 years of experience in the field of digital media preservation, our expert will answer your questions. 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 an 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 discussed when it is appropriate to use one word or the other.

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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Storage Capacity of Recordable DVD or DVD-R 
A DVD5 disk says that it will hold 4.7GB of data. How much of that space is useable for data that I want to write to the disk and be readily accessed? …

Digital Photo Storage on USB Flash Drives 
USB flash drives are increasing in capacity and are more reasonably priced nowadays. It is very convenient form of storage in terms of size and access …

Clear CD Jewel Cases 
There are many different types of jewel cases available for the storage of CDs. I am concerned that some may be harmful to CD over a long period of time …

What are Lightscribe CDs and DVDs? 
When purchasing CD-Rs and DVD-Rs, I have noticed that certain discs say they are Lightscribe CDs or Lightscribe DVDs. What exactly does this mean? Are …

Mini DV Digital Video Tapes Storage 
I have been shooting a lot of mini DV digital video lately of family events, vacations, etc. These are rather small cassettes and the tape is very small …

Labeling CD-Rs with Adhesive Labels 
I am burning some CD-Rs with a variety of files. I would like to label the discs to identify the contents of the disc and I have come across these circular …

Gold CD R for Storage of Digital Files 
I have been told that the gold CD R is the best disc for the storage of digital files. Is this true and what exactly is a gold CD-R? A gold CD-R or …

Best Jewel Case for Storing CDs and DVDs 
I have many digital photos that I am storing copies of on a number of CDs and DVDs. What is the best jewel case for storing these optical discs so that …

Fillers for Scratches on CDs and DVDs 
One of the proposed remedies for scratches on CDs, DVDs, and other optical disc media is the use of fillers. What exactly are fillers and do they really …

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