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Using CD-R, CD-RW, or DVD-R to Archive Y... > Archive Files on CD or DVD - Pg. 335

Organizing and Archiving Your Digital Media 335 Archiving Your Digital Media Unless you have the money to add more hard drive space to your system after every big project, it is unlikely that you will have the room to keep all of your digital lifestyle files on a working hard drive. There will simply be too many of them, and some of them will be too big. Unless you want to delete those files and so lose them forever, you will need to archive them in some fashion. To archive files means to move them from your working hard drive space to some other storage media. NOTE If you took my earlier advice and never recorded over your source tapes (such as DV tapes), you will have that material archived automatically. Just keep your tapes organized with the log that I described, and you will always be able to retrieve the source material should you need it again. Using CD-R, CD-RW, or DVD-R to Archive Your Media If your system includes a recordable drive, such as a CD-RW or DVD-R, you can use that drive to archive files onto CD-R or DVD-R discs. NOTE For archiving purposes, I don't really recommend that you use CD-RW discs because they are more expensive than CD-R discs. Archives should be permanent so there is no need to be able to erase an archive disc. The primary difference between these two options is the amount of data that you can store on a single disc. A CD-R will enable you to store around 700MB or so while a DVD-R will enable you to store around 4.2GB. CD-R is a practical option for individual files, but probably won't enable you to