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June 11, 2012 2:38 PM Subscribe
What's the best way to store digital information in a buried time capsule for 50-100 years?
posted by Popular Ethics to computers & internet (27 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
We are planning to bury a time capsule in the walls of my new reno. We'll put the usual things in - newspaper clippings, archival-print photos, trinkets and lots of dessicant. I'd also like to put in some digital content such as a movie, archived web pages, my cad designs for the house, a wikipedia image, etc. What's the best way to store this?
I've heard flash memory degrades after a few years, so SD cards and thumb drives are out. CDs and DVDs seem already past their time, but they were so widespread that maybe someone could find a reader. I thought about a hard drive, maybe even one with an operating system installed, but future people would need a contemporary motherboard too.
Thoughts? Also, is there anything else I should include?