Millenniata M-DISC : Permanent Storage Solutions on Optical Disc

Wednesday, August 17th 2011. | Computer & Accessories

Maybe you felt it was safe enough to copy your data such as photos, movies, music or any data on a DVD or computer hard drives, but do you know Current DVD technology uses organic dyes and low laser power to make marks on the data layer of a standard recordable DVD. Over time, these marks become unreadable because organic dyes degrade when exposed to minimal levels of light, heat, and humidity. This means all the data you thought was safely stored could be lost because the discs you used have an average lifespan of only about 3 to 5 years!

Millenniata M-DISC : Permanent Storage Solutions on Optical Disc

That’s why, a new optical disc-based company in Salt Lake City called Millenniata (who partnered with Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc.) is set to deliver a new type of optical disc that can safely store up to 1,000 years. Millenniata claims that it “cannot be overwritten, erased, or corrupted by natural processes.” In fact, if you were so inclined, you can dip it in liquid nitrogen and then boiling water without harming it and the disc is called the M-DISC.

Millenniata M-DISC : Permanent Storage Solutions on Optical Disc

M-Disc stores data in the same way as CDs and DVDs as a series of pits but instead of the pits being burned into organic dyes using a laser as is the case with traditional optical discs, the pits are literally etched into a layer of a “rock-like material” composed of inorganic materials and compounds including metals and metalloids using a higher powered laser. The resultant pits aren’t affected by temperature, humidity or sunlight.

M-Disc is also compatible with existing DVD drives, including consumer DVD players and provide the same 4.7 GB storage capacity as DVD but only write at 4x or roughly half the speed of today’s DVD players. and to write, you need a LG Super-Multi Drive with M-READY technology, because only M-READY that can burn the information into the M-DISC.

There is no information about the price of the LG Super-Multi Drive with M-READY technology, but M-DISC will be priced at US$2.99 for a single disc and you can preorder through millenniata website

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