I'm curious how folks are using DVD drives for image storage and archiving.
My thought was to a use DVD-RW as a hard drive backup for image files that I'm actively working on until I have enough image file data (that I want to archive) to burn a full DVD-R disc.
How are others using DVD in your workflow?
This is not a questions about DVD formats - unless there are strong opinions about NOT using DVD-R for archiving. My DVD drives supports all formats except DVD-RAM.
I do something similar but in the reverse order. What I do after uploading from CF card to PC is to burn a CD-R of everything that was just uploaded from the card. Every CD-R has a volume number that I keep track of. I also copy the files that were just copied to CD-R to a separate hard drive in a folder with the same name as the CD-R I just burned. When I get 4.7 GB worth of images that were burned to CD-Rs, I burn them to DVD-R. This serves as my archive copies while the copies in the CD-R are my backup copies. So, at any given point in time, I'll have 3 copies of the files and after they're archived to DVD-R, I'll have 4 copies. (Oops, correction...make that 5 copies after I run my regular backups. )
If there's going to be a long lag time between when the CD-R is burned and when the DVD-R is burned (like over several weeks), then I'll just burn a partially filled DVD-R just to get the files archived to DVD-R and then add on to it in the future when I get more images to archive.
I tried the DVD-R/W approach when I initially started but I gave up on it since I have many volumes of high capacity hard drives that space wasn't an issue, but if hard drive space is an issue, then the DVD-R/W approach is a very good one.