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As technology rapidly advances, we’re living longer, doing more, creating more memories and recording more data. Every scrapbooker, business owner, photographer, every person fears losing the legacy they have spent their lifetime creating. M-DISC™ eliminates that fear. Once written, your documents, medical records, photos, videos and data will last up to 1,000 years. “Just M-Disc™ and Forget It!”M-DISC™ is the only data storage solution to withstand rigorous testing by the U.S. Department of Defense. Even today’s leading archival optical discs weren’t up to the challenge. M-DISC™ is resistant to extreme conditions of light, temperature, humidity and more. M-DISC™ cannot be overwritten, erased or corrupted by natural processes. Best of all, it’s compatible with any DVD drive, so you can access your data anywhere, anytime.
You do need a special drive to write the data (~$50-$150). A duplicator is about $150 to solidify your old disks for the next 1,000 years. Or just get an external drive with M-disk support for $53 from Staples. A pack of 10 M-disks seems to be about $32. So, for under $100 you could save 43.45 GB for 1,000 years.
If you are recording your tax records you might want to save your data on M-disks encrypted. To do that, create an encrypted container on your computer, get everything in it EXACTLY as you want it for the next 1,000 years then burn it to disk. A safe container size to use with “4.7 GB” single layer DVD-R media is 4450MB.
Or … you could wait until the double layer disks come out and have more data. They are due out … any minute now! 25GB per disk is much better.
SALT LAKE CITY, Jun 03, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — U.S.-based Millenniata (www.mdisc.com) today announced the completion of its new 25GB M-DISC Blu-ray, with mass production to begin in early August 2013. RITEK Corporation, the leading manufacturer of optical storage media in the world, will begin production of the new M-DISC Blu-ray as part of its manufacturing agreement with Millenniata. Imation and RITEK will distribute and market the M-DISC Blu-ray through their established distribution and reseller channels. Imation will distribute under the TDK, Memorex and Imation brands, and RITEK will distribute under the RITEK, Ridata and Traxdata brands. With the addition of the new 25GB M-DISC Blu-ray to its products, Millenniata has significantly expanded the breadth of the market addressed by its permanent data storage solution, greatly increasing the storage capacity, ease-of-access and usability of the M-DISC. The M-DISC Blu-ray offers five times the storage capacity of the standard 4.7GB M-DISC DVD, and is writable and readable on any Blu-ray drive – an enormous step for Millenniata and the convenience of this permanent storage technology. …
Now we need a DVD player that will last 1,000 years. It would need to be more than tiger-proof. (Panasonic CF-30 “Toughbook” pictured).
To me it is very strange (and cool) that most of us can now afford to create data disks with lifespans 10 times our own! I’d like to outlive the 1,000 year disks I make. All we have to do is solve a few (seven, I think) problems to eliminate death by aging.