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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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M-DISC 4.7GB DVD+R Permanent Data Archival / Backup Blank Disc Media - 10-Pack Cake Box + LG Electronics 8X USB 2.0 Ultra Slim Portable DVD+/-RW External Drive with M-DISC Support, Retail (Black) GP60NB50
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  • Model: MDISC-DVD10pk

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  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B005Y4NKE0
  • Item model number: MDISC-DVD10pk
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 22, 2011
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The unique materials used in the M-DISC requires a new disc drive technology to engrave data permanently. The M-DISC Duplicator have been designed and optimized to work with M-DISC as one to etch data into the permanent synthetic stone layers within the M-DISC. Archival-quality DVDs are known to randomly fail leading to permanent data loss. The major failure mechanism is rooted within the data layer, the very core of recordable DVD technology. This layer consists of organic dyes that are chemically altered when data is written. Information is "burned" into the disc by creating light or bleached spots. The data is the contrast between light and dark spots. However, the dark spots fade over time, nullifying the burning process. This is why natural processes corrupt the data on the DVD in just a few short years. The National Archives warns that the shelf life of a regular DVD is only 2-5 years The M-DISC is constructed of inorganic, synthetic materials that preserve data forever. These materials cannot be overwritten, erased, or corrupted by natural processes. It is as if data were etched in "stone." In addition to preserving data permanently, the M-DISC is designed to be backward compatible with standard DVD players. Once data is store on the M-DISC it is readily accessible using a common DVD players.

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How much can you say about a blank DVD?
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Furthermore, brought to my ultrabook a great opportunity to backup the most important documents.
Rodrigo L.
So far, I haven't had a bad burn, but my usage is only 10 disks.
George E. Creel

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Cornelius B. Henning on April 14, 2012
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I decided to order a small quantity of these from Amazon to try in a new LG WH12LS39 disc writer that is specifically recommended for these new technology M-Discs. I burnt about 4GB of photos to the disc and it worked OK. The data did verify after the burn. But then the surprise: Upon re-insertion, the LG disc drive did not recognize the disc it just created and verified! Inserted the disc about 10 times and found that it was recognized about 70% of the time. The same drive has no difficulty recognizing discs of the regular +R or -R technology, it is apparantly the new M-discs that create problems. However, once the disc is recognized on insertion, there is no difficulty reading the data.

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.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peter Brockie on December 19, 2012
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I only learned of these discs after receiving a new LG Electronics 14x SATA Blu-ray Internal Rewriter without Software, Black (WH14NS40). I figured I should investigate this disc and read up on it.

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.

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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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Harbin on December 2, 2012
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I ordered a pack of ten of these for use with a MDisc LG drive I purchased. Burning the discs was no different than any other discs I have burned, it uses the same programs, methods, etc. making the process easy. I have burned 7 discs so far with no problems and the discs have proven to be readable in several drives in several computers and my Sony BDP. None of the issues mentioned in other reviews.

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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jentech1 on October 22, 2012
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The disc was recognized right away and I burned an operating system on it with an M-Disc enabled LG burner. I then used the disk to install the operating system and all was well. As for the data longevity, I guess only passing time will tell. I purchased from Amazon because of the lowest shipping price. The order was delivered quickly and packaged well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John C. Wilson on April 18, 2013
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I photograph weddings and there is hardly any event more important in people's lives than the wedding day. I shoot digitally, custom process all the RAW files, tweak in Photo Shop and burn to M-Disc for the ultimate archival solution. My clients could not be more happier than knowing their very important wedding images are archived for many decades if not even hundreds of years on these discs. Highly recommend to other wedding photographers who have also chosen to sell their digital work on discs for a higher premium price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By George E. Creel on March 10, 2013
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I purchased a 10 pack of M-Discs to try for archival records. I also purchased the LG burner from Amazon that was recommended on the M-Disk website. I use M-disks to archive family history files and images for placement in the Family History Library in Salt Lake UT. I started placing DVD's in the library in 2001 and I have checked some DVD's since that time that have some bad places on them in only 12 years. For that reason, I always donate multiple copies of the DVD's and went to Tayo Yuden(spelling?) disks some 5 years ago in an effort to get longer life. Then I went to MAM-A Gold disks for the same reason. Ditto for the M-Disc, which is now all I use ... all I can afford... right now. As to whether or not the M-Disc will last a millenia, ask somebody in a 1,000 years. If the M-Dsic lasts 200 years, that'll be plenty. So far, I haven't had a bad burn, but my usage is only 10 disks. I'm hoping the prices will drop a bit so I can buy a larger pack and start using them more.
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