New Write Once Optical "M-Disc" Stores Your Dirty Photos Forever

We hate to break it to you, but even with all the advances in medicine, you won't be around in 1,000 years. Neither will your children, grandchildren, or even great-grandchildren. If we're being particularly morbid and pessimistic, we could point out that the human population might be wiped out by then. That's the bad news. The good news is your data will remain intact, so when some alien life form discovers Earth, or a new species of man pops up, everything they need to know about this generation will be preserved.

How is this possible? Through the use of M-Disc technology, a new write once and read forever optical disc format developed by Millenniata. Unlike your current CDs, DVDs, hard drives, and other storage devices, Millenniata claims its M-Disc standard doesn't degrade over time.

"Current DVD technology uses organic dyes and low laser power to make marks on the data layer of a standard recordable DVD. Over time, these marks become unreadable because organic dyes degrade when exposed to minimal levels of light, heat, and humidity," Millenniata explains. "This means all the data you thought was safely stored could be lost because the discs you used have an average lifespan of only about 3 to 5 years! Why would you risk your data based on an average; hundreds of discs taken into account in that average were corrupt and unreadable after only a few months. With Millenniata, we don’t subject you to the possibility of losing your data. When we say write once and read forever, we mean it."

Millenniata claims M-Disc's inorganic rock-like data layer doesn't degrade over time like dye-based CDs/DVDs do.

Rather than use organic dies that break down over time, M-Discs store data in physical pits in a patented data layer made entirely of inorganic materials and compounds. According to Millenniata, the material stays solid from room temperature on up to 500C. Think of it as the modern day equivalent to carving in stone. But can it really last forever?

Close to it. Millenniata says that studies conducted by the Nationatl Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) show that the M-Discs could very easily last at least 1,000 years. In addition, M-Disc has the backing of the U.S. Department of Defense, which found the M-Disc format to be the only optical disc tested that didn't suffer data loss in extreme conditions.
Via:  Millenniata
CDeeter 3 years ago

Now thar's a backup plan, matey!

Inspector 3 years ago

Hum price? Im going to guess it will be higher then normal cd's, but by how many? Its really neat to have though.

OptimusPrimeTime 3 years ago

[quote user="Inspector"]Hum price? [/quote]

1 Disc    $3

5 Pack   $14

10 Pack $27

OMEGADraco 3 years ago

This is some awesome technology... All it has to do is hold a terabyte of information per disc and I am sold :P I also believe that 3-5 years is pessimistic for DVDs/CDs I have had discs last 10 years and are still going strong. Plus commercially produced discs such as movies are much better.

rrplay 3 years ago

going ti have to keep and eye out for the disc burners for these guys. Some stuff I know I would realty like to have archived to discs like these..[Especially Some family related stuff] That I think are going to be well worth the few dollars to burn.

SmogHog 3 years ago

ODDs are becoming obsolete.

The disks may servive but there may not be anything to play it on in the near future.

OSunday 3 years ago

That's awesome, mankind won't become forgotten after 2012 afterall! ;)

rapid1 3 years ago

"backing of the U.S. Department of Defense" with the backing of those who can be hacked by a teenager as a technical standard I think I might question there assertion.

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="rapid1"]"backing of the U.S. Department of Defense" with the backing of those who can be hacked by a teenager as a technical standard I think I might question there assertion.[/quote]



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