I am about to finally take the plunge into Digital! Expect many exciting and new threads that are sure to follow such as the forum favorite "Which camera is better?" and "What do you think of this deal?" And who can forget the ever popular "Film or Digital?" debates? But I digress. First, some insight into my thought process. I feel that we as a people are at risk of losing part of our heritage to Digital. I can go back today and find pictures taken 100 years ago. Some are basic snapshots, some of family, some really astounding work, but all tangible.. something I can hold, something I can pass along to my descendents. With digital all we have are ones and zeros on some type of fallible media. I would like to do my part to keep those ones and zeros around until my childrens children have an opportunity to see them. Thinking (and over-thinking) like I tend to do before a purchase like this I started wondering about archiving methods, specifically space requirements and longevity. I am a bit of a packrat and when it comes to photography (something I am learning, and with luck will be able to look back over time and see the improvements) and I intend to keep just about every shot I take. I can point right now to the first shot I took with my Canon AE-1 and I want to be able to do the same when I switch to Digital. I also intend to shoot RAW. I understand a 1GB card will hold something like 300 shots (6-8 MP) so based on that I am wondering about the best options. Do I use a 100GB (or larger) mirrored array so I always have a live copy (barring catastrophic failure like a fire or meteor landing on my house) or do I use DVD media (8GB on a dual layer would be about 12 disks for 100GB). Both have some issues, a running mirror will consume electricity for every moment of time its running, and the jury is out on the longevity of burned disks. Originally they said 99 years (which to me meant "we just dont know") now they say something like 5-7 years but then a manufacturer comes out and says it should be a few decades.... so what to do? my thought is maybe a combination of both. A small cheap box with a raid card and two 100GB drives running in a mirror with a DVD burner. Keep the DVDs in a firesafe and call it good? Amy I being paranoid? Wasteful? Having delusions about the value of some snapshots by some hobbyist around the turn of the century? Help me Obi-Wan.. err... TPF... you're my only hope!