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Two articls on this here and here talk about a suposedly permanent DVD called the M-Disk. Google lists a lot of hits if you enter M-Disk, or Millenniata. These guys are really talking about the disks lasting as long as the polycarbonate. There is no organic dye, so there is little chance of data layer breakdown--so they say.


With optical media being becoming obsolete, isn't this a little late in the game to be introducing a new format, even if it is permanent. These disks allegedly will last over a thousand years. Of course, that is a claim. They will also be readable on standard DVD readers, but they require a special M-Disk writer.


Maybe someplaces like the library of congress, or the Vatican will want this kind of thing, and will be willing to pay for it, but it seems a little bit over the top for the average home user. Amazon.com has them listed.


Currently, the limits are standard DVD storage and 4x speed at $3 per disk, but Millenniata said it has proven it can produce Blu-ray format discs with its technology.


I'm not holding my breath for this product to take off in the marketplace...
 

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Extremely late since it's DVD.
 

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It's an interesting idea, but beyond a certain point technological obsolescence is a bigger issue than longevity. If nothing else, permanent archives like this would need to be accompanied by human-readable instructions for how to build a device to read the discs and a description of how the data is encoded (which, for DVDs, is far from trivial).
 

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This seems similar to the now-defunct Cranberry DiamonDisc DVD .

Craberry licensed all of their DiamondDisk products from Millenniata. According to them, Cranberry violated some aspect of the their agreement nullifying it, so Cranberry is gone, but Millenniata is still there.
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Extremely late since it's DVD.

That was a part of my point. It seems a little late in the game to be making a new DVD format. They are really behind the curve. Even if it were BluRay compatable, they would only be equal, certainly not ahead.
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It's an interesting idea, but beyond a certain point technological obsolescence is a bigger issue than longevity. If nothing else, permanent archives like this would need to be accompanied by human-readable instructions for how to build a device to read the discs and a description of how the data is encoded (which, for DVDs, is far from trivial).

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Totally agree. The media will possibly far outlive the hardware, like Laserdisks and CED disks.


It was an interesting read though.
 

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Sounds to me like just the thing to store raw digital photography files, which are irreplaceable. When a new, better medium comes along, they could be transferred to it. But, for DVD movies, it's overkill.
 
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