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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: penny stock
By mindless1 on 11/14/2009 10:58:57 AM , Rating: 3
Not an issue, it has always been the case that you read and error check your archive and put it onto a newer media even if the same type/tech media. NAND flash has the least potential to shelf rot from defect over that 10 years compared to most contemporary media, so regardless of it's finite steep drop-off in longevity it is potentially more secure during that period which is what it's all about, a reliable means to hold the data for the period recognized.

With conventional optical discs that is not so true, not only when we were led to believe 50 year lifespans but when we saw bad batches deteriorate in less than 2 years.

Never underestimate the effect of penny-pinching on what could have been or used to be a reliable media. I suppose that's true with flash based devices as well, you really have to take anything on a case by case, product by product basis.

Main problem with using flash is still the capacity:price ratio, since you can make so so many redundant copies on alternate media for the same total cost if the data exceeds a few gigabytes.


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