A bright idea: A DVD to store photos for centuries

An outfit called Cranberry DiamonDisc is claiming its DVDs have a shelf life of 1,000 years. Your photos could optimistically live 10 times longer than you do.

An outfit called Cranberry DiamonDisc is claiming its DVDs have a shelf life of 1,000 years. Your photos could optimistically live 10 times longer than you do.

But good luck verifying that one.

ZDNet's Janice Chen notes:

Though many people still back their irreplaceable digital photos to CDs or DVDs, they’re really not a long-term solution. The dyes and reflective layers of conventional recordable CDs and DVDs can deteriorate in two to five years depending on environmental factors. A new long-lasting DVD technology aims to dramatically increase that lifespan by using physical etchings on a rock-like substance to record data.

If Cranberry DiamonDisc can cure that problem it might be on to something. I'd be happy to take a disc that can last 50 years (assuming it doesn't get lost in the meantime of course).

The price is steep. A 4.7GB DVD will run you $34. You upload files to Cranberry and they'll mail them back to you. Want a burner? That'll cost you $4,995 for a Disc Writer and 150 discs.

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