After reading an article in a scrapbook magazine about losing your pictures even if you backup to CD I decided to consult my computer repair guy on the topic. He explained that CD's that burned at home will last about 10 years due to the chemical process they go through in development. He suggested printing off your pictures or at least making new CD's every 5 to 8 years just to be on the safe side. I figure in 5 to 8 years will have some other device that we will saving out electronic media on but I thought I would share the info.