Library Of Congress Statement

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Library Of Congress Statement

In their Personal Digital Archiving Series entitled "How Long Will Digital Storage Media Last?", The Library of Congress stated,

"CD/DVD/Blu-ray optical disk: 2-10 years. There is large variation in the quality of optical media; note that “burnable” discs typically have a shorter life than “factory pressed” discs.

All digital storage media have a short life. This is why digital preservation requires active management, including regular migration of content from older storage devices to newer devices. The life of storage media are cut short by at least three factors:

What you need to do

Actively manage your important digital content! Steps to consider:


News: As of 2015 The Library of Congress has broadened their stance on digital archiving to a blanket statement, now saying,

"All digital storage media have a short life. "