DiamonDisc DVDs to Last a Millenium

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The average writeable DVD only lasts between two and five years, but for those looking for a little more permanence, it seems help is on the way from Cranberry in the form of a disc that should last 1,000 years.

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While there are all kinds of reasons you might not particularly care that a writable DVD only has a shelf life of around half a decade, it seems as though the folks at Cranberry have gone the extra mile to make sure your backups are available several lifetimes after you’re gone. It’s certainly an interesting claim, and one that’s making waves among data longevity enthusiasts, but it’s not quite as simple as all that.

Cranberry is certainly correct in saying that the five years that writeable discs offer probably isn’t enough for some users. The fact that digital media degrades so quickly has long been considered to be one of the biggest reasons to steer clear of ebook readers… physical books have shown a certain tenacity to which most media can only aspire.

Perhaps the one critical flaw in the whole DiamonDisc plan is that these are discs set to replace writable DVDs, since, as Cranberry itself points out, a retail DVD should last significantly longer than a standard writable disc. The problem is that Cranberry’s proposed solution is a fair whack less convenient than just burning relevant files to a new disc every few years.

On its own main page, Cranberry poses the question, “Can my computer burn a Cranberry DiamonDisc?” to which the response is, fairly disappointingly, “No, we’ll have to burn your DiamonDiscs for you,” which kind of neuters the handiness of a quick backup, to say nothing of updating it.

Still, if you absolutely must have a look at

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