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
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