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M-DISC 4.7GB DVD+R Permanent Data Archival / Backup Blank Disc Media - 10-Pack Cake Box
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- Engraves and stores data for over a 1000+ years (M-Disc Ready Drives / Duplicators required)
- Data stored in an M-Disc is readable with current DVD drives.
- Composed of chemically stable and heat-resistant materials that are not used in any other DVD or optical disc.
- Cannot be overwritten, erased or corrupted by natural processes. Passed U.S. Department of Defense rigorous test.
- DVD+R 4X. 4.7 GB can store up to 8,000 photos, 240 minutes of video, or over 100,000 documents.
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I then tried the disc in another 6 disc readers to which I have access. One reader, a clunky old Samsung external DVD drive, has no difficulty recognizing the disc at all. But one of the readers totally failed to work with it. The other readers will recognize it, but not 100% of the time. You may have to insert it more than once before it will work.
As far as I am concerned, the jury is still out on the new M-disc technology. Yes, the discs are supposed to last forever (the manufacturer boasts a 1,000 year life span), but the discs are very expensive. It may be better to wait for the price to come down, as it always does with new technology in the computer world.
Bad: Know that these discs are NOT 100% compatible with standard DVD drives. Both of my laptops (dual-layer DVD-RW / Blu-ray-R) have yet to successfully read a M-DISC, and only one of the three internal desktop drives I tested will read them reliably. On the other hand, both my DVD players (LG Blu-ray) read them without problems, as did a friend's external drive (Sony DVD-R, Blu-ray-R) I borrowed for testing, and also, as one would expect, the M-DISC burner itself.
This is not by any means a deal-breaker. I can always plug in the burner when I need to read a disc, which won't be often. It IS, however, fair warning to make sure your discs will read on the devices you need to read them with before committing to M-DISC for storing important stuff.
It's likely that M-DISC is a little ahead of the technology curve, and older drives just aren't up to the task. Fair enough; I'll just make sure that any new devices I buy are M-DISC compatible up front. Still, discovering that compatibility wasn't quite as robust as claimed for a disc I planned to use for archiving was a bit unsettling. Other than this, however, I'm satisfied with the product, and remain confident of its durability. Four stars for now; will award the fifth if and when these things rescue me from a crashed hard drive. ;)
The discs use a "rock like" recording layer - similar to obsidian - which is physically burned and pitted using a high powered laser, rather than an organic dye being changed with a low power laser. This, combined with the lack of a reflective layer (no metal to break down) makes this disc basically impervious to aging. In fact, the 1000 year claim is only because the plastic backing will break down - they claim 10,000 years for the actual recording material!
Do you want to burn everything on these? Well, you might want to, but you shouldn't. The price is just too high right now (around $3/disc). But for important documents, photos, etc. - yes. Without question. The only limitation is the file size - single layer DVD. Because the recording material is burned/etched with a laser, dual layer recording is most likely something we will never see. 25 GB Blu-Ray discs are in the works - you'll need a new burner though, as the high powered laser wouldn't be in existing Blu-Ray lasers (remember they don't use the same one as DVDs/CDs).
Another problem is the lack of cases in the spindle. These discs can't really be written on (at least I don't think they can) and there's no label to speak of. A disc case is a must for long term storage.
I sacrificed a disc just for you, Amazon. I duplicated a DVD-Video onto it so I can test it properly on the various drives around my place.Read more ›
It's only been a couple of months since burning the first but no problems yet on reading them...if I can remember to update the post in 50 years, I''ll let you all know if they are still working!
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Nice items but a little pricey. Hope the costs come down like the older CD/DVDs media.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have looked at a few reviews and they keep using talking about 1,000 year and 10,000 year numbers. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Lisa Knight
Can't honestly review this until a thousand years go by. It the data are still good then, I'll up it to five stars.Published 20 days ago by Spruceman
Pretty cool to think that my photos will be saved for hundreds of years after I die. Going to buy the burner for the new 25GB MDiscs though and use them.Published 2 months ago by ALEX HULETT
Eh, cheapo box with a broken spindle. M-Discs are great but considering they're rated for a thousand years I'd say the distributor needs to spend five cents on a decent box to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark Laing
Good product direct from the original maker. No way to verify archival properties but records data as stated.Published 4 months ago by Robert D.