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Sorry, not really a question about computer components, but I thought someone here might be able to give me a decent answer.

I archive a lot of my important files away with standard DVD-Rs, Ritek G04 Deep Purple Dye ones, pretty good quality, and I think the ones I use now ID as G05.

These discs are not in constant use or anything, they're in a big cupboard in DVD cases, I just get them out now and then when I need what's on them, obviously.

I'd heard a lot about lifelines of DVDs, so I wanted to check out of paranoia, the general concensus seems to be that in decade an important part of the DVD will just disintigrate away and it won't be readable anymore.... is there any truth in this, and if so, are Blu-Rays any more durable? I was thinking of maybe re-archiving it all in the future once Blu-Rays are worth the money.
post #2 of 6
CD/DVD/Possibly Blu-Ray's store their data on a substrate that has the structure similar to glass. It's an amorphous solid. Over time it will lose its original shape/structure and you will be unable to read the data from the disc.

From what I know, blu-ray discs are made the same way, so they will suffer from the same inevitable corruption of data.

Move data to a Solid State device for long term storage.

Setup a Raid 5 and replace drives as they die, but only keep them on when needed?

I have never pondered keeping something for over 10 years, other than pictures. At which point redundancy and having printed photos helps to keep that dream alive.

I mean with your current configuration, burning a new copy every 5 years sounds like a huge drag. I would move to another storage solution.

Sorry I could not be more helpful. Hope someone else chimes in.

A Decade is consistent from what I have heard. Never really tested that though.

General Consensus is that these are the best DVD/CD manufacture when it comes to quality Discs

Taiyo Yuden
post #3 of 6
i have some cd-r discs that are over 14yrs old
they work fine, just store them in a cool dark place
post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by ffejrxx View Post
i have some cd-r discs that are over 14yrs old
they work fine, just store them in a cool dark place
Do you store them vertical or Horizontal?

I have read your should have them flat stacked Horizontally
post #5 of 6
I have cd's that are over 15 years old. I've kept them in a cabinet, stacked flat in my garage. (mostly music) and they work as if they are brand new.

If you can keep them in a low humidity environment, i can see them lasting just as long, if not moreso.
post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by NitroNarcosis View Post
CD/DVD/Possibly Blu-Ray's store their data on a substrate that has the structure similar to glass. It's an amorphous solid. Over time it will lose its original shape/structure and you will be unable to read the data from the disc.

From what I know, blu-ray discs are made the same way, so they will suffer from the same inevitable corruption of data.

Move data to a Solid State device for long term storage.

Setup a Raid 5 and replace drives as they die, but only keep them on when needed?

I have never pondered keeping something for over 10 years, other than pictures. At which point redundancy and having printed photos helps to keep that dream alive.

I mean with your current configuration, burning a new copy every 5 years sounds like a huge drag. I would move to another storage solution.

Sorry I could not be more helpful. Hope someone else chimes in.

A Decade is consistent from what I have heard. Never really tested that though.

General Consensus is that these are the best DVD/CD manufacture when it comes to quality Discs

Taiyo Yuden
All of this.

http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publi...m?pub_id=50650

There was a fiasco when my place of work (which keeps archival recordings) switched to the new burnable CD fad when it just started....shortly afterwards, archive discs started showing up corrupted/unreadable and we traced it back to the media...over those 3 years due to shoddy media we probably permanently lost 1000 or so archive disks.

BTW-Taiyo is now moving to being under the JVC label, last I heard.
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