One very sad event. http://www.cbc.ca/quebecam/lac-megantic/2013/07/11/lac-megantics-history-rewritten (there is an audio link listen) Very moving at about 1minute in… “…Roy fought back tears as she described the archives that had been housed at the library: baptism records that came over with colonists from France in the 17th century, local politicians’ correspondence, and documents related to the various social clubs in town….” “For the longest time, I kept at my home letters my uncle had written to my grandmother when he was a prisoner of war during World War II,” said Roy, 65, her voice breaking. “But then, just recently, I brought them to the library so my uncle’s grandchildren would be able to view them whenever they wished. I was actually scared they might get destroyed in a fire if I kept them in my house.” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/irreplaceable-archives-lost-among-lac-m%C3%A9gantic-destruction-1.1363083 “…Lac-Mégantic’s only library lost a one-of-a-kind trove, which included original local artwork, heirlooms donated by families, the oldest-known photos of the town and the negatives…” http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/07/industry-news/fire-destroys-canadian-library-archive/ – _ “…Lac-Mégantic’s only library lost a one-of-a-kind trove, which included original local artwork, heirlooms donated by families, the oldest-known photos of the town and the negatives….” “….I think this is the first time that a library with this kind of archival collection has been destroyed.” The extent of the loss may be literally incalculable:…”
“When we started our company, for the most part, Hollywood production and post facilities who needed to move [digital content] off of their SAN would move it to hard drives and put them in a drawer,” recalls Mark Ostlund of Cache-A, which was just exhibiting advanced LTO appliances like the Pro-Cache610 and the Simul-Copy system at the Hollywood Post Alliance Tech Retreat in Palm Springs, CA. “Now, everybody who was doing that has lost content, because HDDs are only viable for about five years-and, in fact, the signal can fade in as little as one year. So the industry has gone through self-education.
http://blog.backblaze.com/2013/11/12/how-long-do-disk-drives-last/ Here is a summary from their well written POST. ” the percentage of drives at Backblaze that are still alive at different ages: For the first 1.5 years, drives fail at 5.1% per year. For the next 1.5 years, drives fail LESS, at about 1.4% per year. After 3 years though, failures rates skyrocket to 11.8% per year.” – BackBlaze