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New disc keeps your lolcats collection safe for a millennia

One of the things that most people don’t consider when they are pouring all of their digital photos and video onto a CD or DVD to save for the future is that optical media has a finite lifespan. In as little as three to five years all those photos safely tucked away on a DVD may be unreadable.

For those needing an optical media to store data or photos for archival purposes that will last much (much, much) longer than the lifespan of conventional DVDs and CDs a new startup company called Cranberry LLC has a new DVD that promises to be usable for 1,000 years called DiamonDisc. The disc uses standard DVD format, which means any old DVD player can read the data on the disc.

The DiamonDisc stores the standard 4.7GB of data that a single layer DVD can store. What allows the new disc media to last so long is that the discs don't use dyes, adhesive layers, or reflective materials that can deteriorate over time. The discs can also stand up to temperatures as high as 176 degrees.

Cranberry gets its claims of 1,000 years of viability from lab tests using the ECMA-379 temperature and humidity testing standards. Whereas the standard DVD has a silver or gold reflective surface, the DiamonDisc is transparent with no reflective layer.

The real catch with these discs is that you need a special DVD burner to be able to author them. The DVD burner needed for writing the special DVDs sells for $4,995 and includes 150 DiamonDiscs. The burner connects to any computer via a USB port. The company will also burn the discs for you for $34.95 for a single disc, $29.95 for two or more, or $149.75 for five discs.

With that price, the DiamonDiscs aren’t going to be that appealing to consumers. However, enterprise and government users may be intrigued in the medium for archival purposes. Cranberry reports that it is in talks with the U.S. Government to use the format for archival purposes.

Joe Beaulaurier, Cranberry's chief marketing officer said, "For the military, there's no heat, light, magnetic waves, or environmental abuse that will have an impact on these discs."

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By R6Raven on 11/13/2009 10:59:10 AM , Rating: 2
$5,000 for the burner! That's just a little obscene if you ask me. And although "there's no heat, light, magnetic waves, or environmental abuse that will have an impact on these discs," I have come across MANY people who have a unique talent for scratching CDs/DVDs beyond usability.

RE: Expensive!
By Denithor on 11/13/2009 11:10:45 AM , Rating: 2
If you consider that you get 150 discs with the burner it's not quite so bad.

150 x $30 (cost of each disc if they burn it for you) = $4500

So the burner itself "only" costs you $500 assuming you needed 150 discs burned anyway.

RE: Expensive!
By Mitch101 on 11/13/09, Rating: 0
RE: Expensive!
By Steve1981 on 11/13/2009 12:57:25 PM , Rating: 5
Now all your stuff is on a disc you cant read.

Any DVD drive can read their media. You just need their drive to write to it.

RE: Expensive!
By Mitch101 on 11/13/2009 1:36:35 PM , Rating: 1
Ahh didnt catch that thanks. Also followed through the link this time to read the main article.

RE: Expensive!
By mindless1 on 11/14/2009 11:12:41 AM , Rating: 2
Yes it is, but to some the data is worth so much more than that, it is a small % of operating budget.

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