December 6, 2011

Digital Content Retention Policy

Last week I finally lived the nightmare that I've dreamt too many times. My single-drive, no-backup media drive bit the dust. Movies, TV-Shows, past music and photos... gone. Going past that, and having replaced that single-drive, no-backup solution with a Drobo, an interesting question stemmed from this story in the office: What's your digital content retention policy?

Previously, the only policy I've had on this is to keep everything I've digitalized. No matter how old, or how seldom I used it. I kept it.

With the crash of the media drive I've lost music that I've archived dating back to 2000, 370+ movies, several hundre episodes of TV shows. TV episodes and movies I watched once, and then archived. Why didn't I delete them? Was I waiting for that rare situation where someone visiting would actually have enough interest to go through the archive and find a movie they enjoyed? Is it a pride thing? I'm pissed I lost all my Battlestar Galactica, because I could state that I owned the series.

Now I'm faced with reestablishing said TV shows and movies. But, is it worth it? How long does one keep a TV season, a blockbuster movie?

With the music acquired over the years, I'd always imagined I'd form a sort of time line of my tastes. But movies and shows somehow don't bring forward the same emotion in me as music.

My point - what's your digital content retention policy?

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