Unreadable CD

Today our guys on the helpdesk asked whether it was possible to retrieve a file from backup, dated july 2003. Then, there was no schedule to keep backups separate for more than two years. Even nowadays most small companies don’t keep backups more than a couple of weeks or months, not to speak of one year back.

If I may remember you, I wrote some time ago about the problems of information archiving. Nothing unusual so far.

The reason they wanted to go back that far, was of course a user who needed a file from back then. A file they did archive in July 2003. On CD.

Now, only a little more than two years later, that CD appears to be unreadable.