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Subject: Long-term storage of hard disk drives

Long-term storage of hard disk drives

From: Amanda Pagliarino <amanda.pagliarino<-at->
Date: Friday, May 24, 2013
Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) acquires
original audiovisual artworks on a variety of formats that are
subsequently migrated for long-term access and preservation.
However, we retain the original format in the collection.  What are
the long term storage recommendations for audiovisual material
stored on portable hard disk drives and media players?  Should these
formats be stored in cool conditions and if so what are the
recommended ranges, or is it adequate to store these formats in
20-22 deg. C and 50-60% RH.

    **** Moderator's comments:  One approach is to create a
    forensically sound image of the disk and store that image (see
    for long-term preservation by whatever means you preserve
    other digital objects.  As a starting point see


Amanda Pagliarino
Head of Conservation
Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art
Brisbane, Australia

                  Conservation DistList Instance 26:51
                   Distributed: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
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Received on Friday, 24 May, 2013

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