What About Cds or Dvds

Optical digital formats such as CD-ROMs or DVD ROM/RAM are still unproven for the long term and pose many questions about their effectiveness as a safeguard against total loss of data.

Data contained on the disk is printed and stored on the side of the disk with the thinnest layer of protection. In order to store the large amounts of data associated with the high resolution of film, compression schemes are often employed, typically losing data in the process.

It’s also questionable whether data would be recoverable using devices other than the original authoring device. Storage of images at a resolution high enough to equal the resolution of film is costly and prohibitive in terms of technology. The space required to store all of these hard drives or disks would be greater than that used to store the actual negatives.