The archive.org site will be “read only” for approximately 24-48 hours starting early tomorrow morning (PST), Wednesday, March 2. We also expect it to be slow and somewhat error prone during this time.
All archive.org items are stored on at least two servers – a primary and a backup server. The backup servers will be unplugged and moved to a new data center location tomorrow morning. Once they’re in their new home, they will be brought back online as soon as possible.
While the backup servers are offline you can still view/download items in the archive from the primary servers – you’ll be able to listen to concerts, watch movies and read books. However, new uploads or any changes to existing items will be held and not go public on the site until the backups are in place again. So you can “read” from archive.org tomorrow, but you will not be able to add to it or make changes to it.
Please note: while the backup servers are offline, all of our typical traffic will be going to half the normal number of servers. So we expect archive.org to be slow during this transition, and we expect to see errors. If you are seeing problems on the site, please try again on Friday, March 4, before contacting us for assistance (because boy are we going to be busy!)
Thanks for your patience, and we look forward to returning to normal operations on Friday.