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How to store a hard drive for long term?

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How to store a hard drive for long term?

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Buy a good quality DVD. I doubt it the hard drive will deteriorate afet 5 years or so. I've read that since Hard drives are magnetic, it could be affected by magnetic sources so hard drives are not used for storage coz it might be affected after so many years (50-100???). The best way is to buy a good DVD media (those archiving media the TDK armor or something might be good or some ty's). image your drive, try acronis. Make a couple of copy and store it.
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keep it grounded
zero humidity
try to minimize any magnetic sources near it
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I'll tell you what I've done...worked out for me so far...

I threw all of my hard drives in individual anti-static bags and placed them in a drawer of a desk that I no longer used. They sat there for a good few years and when I tried them all recently, there had been no problems with accessing any of the data or with hard drive damage.

There *has* to be a better way to store them...but I had some hard drives in there for like 5 years and I tried them out and they worked...

So worked for me, but if anyone else has better ideas, I'd say go with them.
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Octavius wrote:
Nov 9th, 2006 11:45 am
I'll tell you what I've done...worked out for me so far...

I threw all of my hard drives in individual anti-static bags and placed them in a drawer of a desk that I no longer used. They sat there for a good few years and when I tried them all recently, there had been no problems with accessing any of the data or with hard drive damage.

There *has* to be a better way to store them...but I had some hard drives in there for like 5 years and I tried them out and they worked...

So worked for me, but if anyone else has better ideas, I'd say go with them.
that also worked for me. heck, I still have super old 20 & 40Mb drives from back in the early 90s that work great, after years of sitting in a box in the basement (each in a static bag).
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ESD bag, and if you have any of the silica-gel packets from any electronics device, stuff as many as possible in the bag. Put that in a tupperware maybe, I would avoid ziploc bags as it might create static.

I can see pros/cons to storing the drive with the platters parallel or perpendicular to the ground, I doubt it matters much.

I would avoid the vacuum seal thing. As long as your container is air-tight (no dust), and you have silica packets to absorb any humidity, you're fine.
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