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M-Disc: A New Disc That Lasts “Forever”

There’s a good chance the digital photos you’ve stored on hard drives and DVDs won’t outlive you, but what if there was a disc that could last forever? M-Disc, short for Millenial Disc, is a new type of disc that doesn’t suffer from natural decay and degradation like existing disc technologies, allowing you to store data safely for somewhere between “1000 years” and “forever”.

Existing disc technologies write data using an organic dye layer that begins to experience “data rot” immediately after it’s written, causing the disc to become unreadable after a certain amount of time. The M-Disc, on the other hand, actually carves your data into “rock-like materials” that are known to last for centuries, meaning there’s no data rot. Apparently NASA uses the discs to store data. Hopefully it becomes available and affordable soon…

Millenniata (via Engadget)


 
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  • http://twitter.com/hburger206 Hburger

    Great article! Typo… “causing [t]he disc”

  • http://twitter.com/hburger206 Hburger

    Great article! Typo… “causing [t]he disc”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Markus-Wolpert/1480315958 Markus Wolpert

    Yea… But what to do with a disk thats theoretically intact but you don’t have any compatible and working drive left. And even if you have the drive – will you have the software that can read the file format?
    Use normal DVDs instead. Refresh them every few years and migrate to the next best filesystem, fileformat and data storage system thats available. From Floppy to CD to DVD to Flash … let’s see what comes next.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Markus-Wolpert/1480315958 Markus Wolpert

    Yea… But what to do with a disk thats theoretically intact but you don’t have any compatible and working drive left. And even if you have the drive – will you have the software that can read the file format?
    Use normal DVDs instead. Refresh them every few years and migrate to the next best filesystem, fileformat and data storage system thats available. From Floppy to CD to DVD to Flash … let’s see what comes next.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Markus-Wolpert/1480315958 Markus Wolpert

    Yea… But what to do with a disk thats theoretically intact but you don’t have any compatible and working drive left. And even if you have the drive – will you have the software that can read the file format?
    Use normal DVDs instead. Refresh them every few years and migrate to the next best filesystem, fileformat and data storage system thats available. From Floppy to CD to DVD to Flash … let’s see what comes next.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Marsh/674033156 Jim Marsh

    Didn’t I hear about some data being etched into ‘rock like materials’ some 3,500 years ago? They didn’t last did they?

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    This one? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosetta_stone :)

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    This one? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosetta_stone :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JH2RRLQJIKDZR6M6FEAKHTSLDM kruemi

    Neat idea… only a few flaws: Not all recordable media use “organic” dye (whatever that specifically mans). RE-Writeable media use organic phase change materials. Recordable media (which you want to use to store your data upon) can be made of different anorganic substances.
    But it is not only the data layer that must be durable. What about the carrier? In most cases is is polycarbonate. This material is quite durable, but not thousands of years!
    And how tolerant to mechanical, thermal und chemical stress is the material?
    Only optimizing the dye seems quite short sighted in my oppinion. I hope, they did a bit more than that.

    And as another reader has pointed out: what about reading devices?

  • Eric

    The disc will always exist and will be backward compatible. 1′s & zeros is a basic language as you can get. 

  • http://twitter.com/zeptom Joakim Bidebo

    Pretty sure that what they was saying about floppies 8″, 5 1/4″ and 3 ½”. Discs will vanish also.

  • http://twitter.com/zeptom Joakim Bidebo

    Pretty sure that what they was saying about floppies 8″, 5 1/4″ and 3 ½”. Discs will vanish also.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Marsh/674033156 Jim Marsh

    No Michael. I meant the ‘Ten Commandments’. As in, ‘Thou shalt not misinterpret my intentions’, ‘Thou shalt not do HDR’ etc. etc.

  • http://twitter.com/imageconjurer Bernie Greene

    “Thou shalt not do HDR” genuinely laughed out loud.

  • http://twitter.com/imageconjurer Bernie Greene

    “Thou shalt not do HDR” genuinely laughed out loud.

  • http://twitter.com/imageconjurer Bernie Greene

    Open up a small jpg file in notepad and see how many 1′s and zeros you can find. Not many.

  • http://twitter.com/imageconjurer Bernie Greene

    Not sure why NASA using this technology is mentioned. Governments waste money on all kinds of things.