New Way To Store Your Data…Permanently

PHILADLEPHIA (CBS) – While a diamond may last forever, your memories likely won’t — if you save them on a hard drive, CD, or DVD. But there’s a new disc hitting stores this fall that promises to keep your data for a thousand years or more.

Computer hard drives can fail, and an optical disc can oxidize and degrade over time — leaving you with a coaster.

“The three biggest enemies to all discs are light, temperature, and heat.”

Scott Shumway, CEO of Millenniata, says his company has come up with a fix.

“It’s actually a synthetic, rock-like material — it’s not an organic dye.”

And data is not burned but instead is etched onto this disc.

“If you want to store things, whatever’s precious to you — pictures, information — it’s permanent.”

Besides our personal stuff, Shumway says M-DISC is good for libraries, companies, and government agencies to store data and save on migration costs.

“Most have to migrate their data every five to seven years because it degrades. That’s hugely expensive, and it’s because they don’t have a way to record things permanently. If they just didn’t have to migrate, how much does that save them? I think the potential for this technology is just limitless.”

The M-DISC costs about $3. It stores as much as any DVD (4.7GB) and can be read in a standard drive. You’ll need a special drive to write the discs, but Shumway says they won’t come at a premium price. A Blu-Ray version of M-DISC should be available in time for the holidays.

Reported By Ian Bush, KYW Newsradio

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One Comment

  1. Mike in philly says:

    Bold statement that it will last 1000 years since nothing in computer realm has ever lasted 100 years let alone 1000.. How can this estimate of 1000 years be made since it can not be tested/proved? Hey want to buy some swamp land cheap?

  2. bottomline says:

    CORRECTION: 30+ years since I recorded my first videos.

  3. bottomline says:

    We were told CD/DVD storage was the answer to the problem of degrading video tape. Now the CD’s and DVD’s suddenly are no longer the answer to eternal life’s’ memories.
    Now I’m really confused because my 40+ year old video tapes are still fine and dandy. Not only that, they’ve always played and played in any VCR I used. My trash can has frequently entertained wayward CD’s and DVD’s I wasted my hopes and money on. Maybe we need an etched version of a video tape?

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