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Re: [ARSCLIST] "hard drive on a shelf"
On 17/07/07, Jeffrey Kane wrote:
> Humidity is the enemy more than temperature. Corresponding anti-static
> measures are vital. A 'dry cabinet' will be essential. Also, contrary
> to film and tape storage, you want the temperature to be warmer.
> Thanks to RoHS, tin pest is a distant but real concern especially
> given that you intend to shelf store the drives. Below 13c/55F, tin
> changes structure. This change can cause solder joints to fail.
> I am, of course, sidestepping discussion of why using HDDs for
> archival storage is a bad idea.
I think the most likely thing to fail on a hard drive long term is
capacitors on the circuit board.
But more likely is that, when the drive is brought out of its cupboard
25 years later, there will be no equipment to connect it to and no
operating system that can read the file format. Try getting data off a
25 year old cp/m drive today.