Protecting audio files from bit rot? 2016-05-27 22:06:41 I don't know how many people here are familiar with the term "bit rot" but it's basically silent corruption of data. Something like a malfunctioning hard drive controller or a loose cable can cause the bits to get flipped, corrupting your data. If bit rot has occurred, a backup won't save your files because you will just be replacing the old good backup with a new bad one. The two most common file systems these days - HFS+ (Mac OS X) and NTFS (Windows) do not protect against bit rot data corruptionWhile bit rot is silent corruption, people have discovered it by hearing the damage it has done to their audio files. Ever heard an old MP3 with a very tiny blip of static? Guess what, that's 1 frame broken screwing up a few milliseconds worth of audio data. Other annoying noises like an MP3 that started with a chirp, or a track that has a "click" in it, bad pop noises, or a song that skips ahead a few seconds are caused by bit rot.So I am curious if anyone here has taken preventive measures to protect their audio files? Are you storing your music library on newer, experimental file system on a different computer? Maybe you zip all your albums and store them on external media so you can checksum them if the album has problems later on. Or maybe you don't care at all and will re-rip your songs or albums if you find problems in the future.