And undoubtedly, they’ll keep dying:
I was talking to my accountant the other day about the amount of paper that has accumulated in my office over the years, and she told me her solution was to scan everything, store the images on a hard drive and throw all the paper away. I imagine you can probably get a thousand to one compression ratio by doing that, but you still have not separated the wheat from the chaff. Eventually the hard disk will fail, or more likely become obsolete and you will no longer be able to get any data off of it, but that’s kind of the point, isn’t it? We keep all this crap around for years and we will never need 99.999% of it.
This is because we are extremely bad at predicting the 0.001% of it we will need, and we know it.
Of course, you can keep rolling over hard drives more or less indefinitely. The oldest file on my desktop at home is dated 2 January 1985. Let me repeat that: 2 January 1985. Twenty-eight freaking years! And how often have I looked at it? (Well, once this week, obviously.)