One thing is for sure in the world of optical storage: "big enough" is
never really "big enough." Back in the day, a typical CD-R was plenty
to archive a year's worth of images, and now even a single-layer DVD-R
is too small for some. Blu-ray Discs can already hold 50GB of data, but
that's not stopping disc manufacturers from striving to cram even more
bits onto those round platters.
Earlier this year, we heard that TDK was working hard on creating a special Blu-ray Disc
that could hold 320GB of data, and while that's
probably a few years out at best, another company is looking at this
whole lust for storage from a different angle. Cranberry's DiamonDisc
is a product that's available now, and while it'll only hold 4.7GB
worth of data (the same as a traditional DVD-R), it'll hold that data
for far longer than most of the cheap-o discs you've got sitting around.
According to the company, these DiamonDiscs will last up to 1,000 years
without degrading. Granted, it's hard to say if DVD drives will even be
around in 100 years, but if you can somehow get your great, great,
great, great grandchild one, there's a decent shot that he or she will
be able to view your paltry 12MP photos in the year 3001. The discs are
designed to operate in most traditional DVD players/burners, and they
cost $34.95 if you buy them individually. You can get a better price if
you choose to buy in bulk, but you'll still be paying a pretty penny.
The secret to the disc's ability to hold data for so long is that it
has no adhesive layers, dye layer or reflective layer to deteriorate -
thereby avoiding the "data rot" that quickly corrodes all recordable
DVDs. The transparent Cranberry DiamonDisc can withstand prolonged
temperatures extending up to 176 degrees Fahrenheit as well as UV rays
that would destroy conventional DVD disks.
Beyond its obvious appeal to those wishing to permanently preserve
irreplaceable family memories, Cranberry DiamonDisc technology is a
long-overdue solution for professionals, companies, non-profits and
government offices that require reliable digital archiving. In addition
to offering the Cranberry DiamonDisc 1,000-Year Data Storage Solution
on a diamond-hard physical disk, Cranberry DiamonDisc also makes
available a replacement program should the physical disk ever be lost.
For full details about the revolutionary technology behind the
Cranberry DiamonDisc™ and easy ordering instructions, visit the
company's web site at www.cranberry.com.