[quote="Ballast"]Sadly a few images were corrupted and would not open. This was annoying enough but the fact that I didn't know if a file was corrupt until I tried to open it made for a frustrating time.
Backup, backup again, and then back it up. My pics live on my main PC, a second drive in my main PC, my DROBO, and Carbonite. Pics also live on Smugmug in addition to the rest.
Why yes, I have been bitten by data loss. Odd that you should ask.
[quote="Ballast"]My PC (yes I know everybody will say "get a MAC") also seemed to spend ages spinning up some of the disks before finally displaying the folders on my screen - same at work too. maybe as the CDs are old they are a bit slow for the readers which are much newer? I don't know if I will get round to scanning old 35mm negatives - maybe if it is a long cold wet winter...
I have a Mac (writing this on it now). They're overrated, and just as likely to dump your data into a black hole as any windows machine. They're just shinier, and cost more.
Plus, you'll be able to look down your nose at the geeks and lowly Windows users, as you'll be above all that.
Windows 7 will be out shortly, and it is a lovely OS. I've been running the Beta and Release Candidate for a while now on two machines. VERY well behaved.
Regarding those old CDs that are taking a long time to read - they are probably at the end of their life, and the time is that the PC is having to make multiple attempts to read the data before it gets a good read.
BACK THEM UP IMMEDIATELY WHILE YOU STILL CAN READ THE DATA.
See comment on data loss above.
And your insight on scanning is spot on - nothing better than a warm scanner on a cold winter's night. Been there, done that.