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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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RE: Expensive!
By Mitch101 on 11/13/2009 12:47:40 PM , Rating: 0
Heres a thought you get one and do this. 10 years from now your reader dies. The company because of the cost of the unit didn't sell enough of them and is no longer in business. Now all your stuff is on a disc you cant read.

Sadly I had a few friends who went with Travan tape backups around the time CD burners were hitting shelves. Their tape drives stopped working and to get to that data they needed a tape drive. Data useless. But there is a CD/DVD reader in nearly every pc/server in the world today. Similar thing happened to a guy I know who inherited a $5,000 DLT tape drive when the company was moving on to bigger and better storage. When the tape drive died it might as well have taken his backed up data with it.

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.

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