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DiamonDisc DVDs Last 1,000 Years

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Although the DiamonDisc DVD may last for 1,000 years, they're not exactly cheap.

Start-up company Cranberry LLC claims that its DiamonDisc DVD can last up to 1,000 years. That's good news considering that current DVD media--those that are burned on home PCs--only last roughly 2 to 5 years. Cranberry claims it can now make it easier to store photos, music, and other data without having to worry about corruption.

"The Cranberry DiamonDisc has no adhesive layers, dye layer or reflective layer to deteriorate," the company said. "A high-intensity laser physically etches your information into the diamond-like surface of our synthetic stone disc. No other layer is needed."

According to Cranberry, the format still remains the same: 4.7 GB of storage--the company merely changed the materials and construction of the physical disk. The disc doesn't even feature a silver or gold reflective layer, leaving it somewhat transparent. In fact, it can withstand heat up to 176 degrees Fahrenheit and ultraviolet rays.

Unfortunately, Cranberry's DiamonDisc isn't cheap: a single 4.7 GB disk will cost consumers $34.95. For those that need two or more, the price drops down to $29.95 each. Still, the discs come with free software that "easily" sends the consumer's files to Cranberry to be etched into the discs. The finished discs will then be sent to the consumer via mail.

It would probably be a good idea to not send off warez for storing.

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    lashabane , November 13, 2009 10:37 PM
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    ...physically etches your information into the...stone disc


    We're back to etching things in stone?

    "Hey Moses! Bring me those tablets and a chisel!"
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    ubernoobie , November 13, 2009 10:06 PM
    no thanks, 35 dollars a disk is like a cheap flash drive
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    goodguy713 , November 13, 2009 10:20 PM
    i think the world would end before that ! only thing watching them would be aliens or roaches.. lol
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    backin5 , November 13, 2009 10:27 PM
    Considering the fact that hard-drives come in Terabytes these days, shouldn't they spend their efforts on a larger capacity media?

    Though it would be nice if software, games, music and movies came on durable media. Especially considering the fact that making backups of your legally purchased discs has been made illegal by greedy corporates who want you to buy another copy if your disc should ever fail.
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    maigo , November 13, 2009 10:32 PM
    sounds like a good deal to me, assuming it actually has more than 50 years of shelf life. I might even get my gold plated punch cards converted
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    lashabane , November 13, 2009 10:37 PM
    Quote:
    ...physically etches your information into the...stone disc


    We're back to etching things in stone?

    "Hey Moses! Bring me those tablets and a chisel!"
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    Anonymous , November 13, 2009 10:38 PM
    But hey didn't they say that when the first DVD's or CD's came out?? They were going to last 100+years?? Maybe this will be the same thing but hey they will have your money. Like the remark above storage is huge nowadays. For backing up? Splitting up huge files, to get on 4.7G parts. When you want to restore these files 10 years later you wont be able to find the decompressor anymore or file stitcher. Even if you put the program on the backup itself it won't run under the OS you will use then.
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    Shadow703793 , November 13, 2009 11:31 PM
    lashabaneWe're back to etching things in stone?"Hey Moses! Bring me those tablets and a chisel!"

    No. It should read: "Hey Moses! Bring me those diamond disks and a laser!" :lol: 
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    Shadow703793 , November 13, 2009 11:33 PM
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    Follow me on twitter to get inside scoops and updates even faster!

    What's Twitter? /sarcasm

    I don't think I want to follow you tweeting :p 
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    Honis , November 13, 2009 11:44 PM
    Shadow703793What's Twitter? /sarcasmI don't think I want to follow you tweeting
    Think of all the spelling and grammatical errors!


    Cool media! It definatly has its uses in the industrial sector to replace arcane tape backups.
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    nonxcarbonx , November 13, 2009 11:46 PM
    They last 1000 years?

    So does a whopper.
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    matt2k , November 14, 2009 12:32 AM
    diamond? the diamond bearings i worked with were a coupla grand a pop, no etching. this be no diamond!
    but seriously, only for hardcore back ups i guess
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    jimmysmitty , November 14, 2009 1:13 AM
    ubernoobieno thanks, 35 dollars a disk is like a cheap flash drive


    And considering that most TVs these days can access a flash drive and show the contents such as musci, video and photos that would be a 16GB flash drive....
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    beayn , November 14, 2009 2:41 AM
    Who says a disc lasts 2 to 5 years? I've got some CDs here I've had for more than 15 years and all work fine. I have some DVDs I've had for 6 years and they still work fine. I've yet to have any problems with any of my super old discs.
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    beayn , November 14, 2009 2:42 AM
    Who says that discs only last 2 to 5 years? I've got some CDs here that I burned about 15 years ago that still work (burned on my 1x burner). I've got some DVDs burned about 6 years ago that still work fine. I've yet to have any problems with any of my oldest discs.
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    tuannguyen , November 14, 2009 3:32 AM
    HonisThink of all the spelling and grammatical errors!Cool media! It definatly has its uses in the industrial sector to replace arcane tape backups.


    "definatly" --- oh the irony...
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    mlopinto2k1 , November 14, 2009 4:25 AM
    tuannguyen"definatly" --- oh the irony...
    Don't let these guys get to ya. Anyway, seriously... about that 2 to 5 year remark... I've heard the same thing that disc's, when taken care of.. can last a pretty long time, 100+ years?
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    hakesterman , November 14, 2009 4:29 AM
    2 to 5 years for a DVD, I think your either on Dope or are haveing some kind of memory loss. A standard DVD will last up to 100 years under normal conditions. Who is going to need a DVD after that length of time? Most people don't live to be 100 years. So they have a disk that will last up to 1000 years, great call me when it's the same price of current blank DVD's.

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    buwish , November 14, 2009 7:26 AM
    Aaah nothing like having a disk to pass down through 10+ generations of family members. By the time it gets to the last person in 3009, they won't even know what a DVD player was.
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    christop , November 14, 2009 1:10 PM
    It's not even a double layer for 30.. Crazy. How is it you say a standard dvd will last only 2 to 5 years. I find that hard to believe maybe if you store it outside in the weather it would make it's life span short but if it was in a controlled environment I think it would last 100 years or so..
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    FloKid , November 14, 2009 1:29 PM
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    No. It should read: "Hey Moses! Bring me those diamond disks and a laser!"


    Why? So they can't read them for another 6,000 years? They are not guarnteed for that FYI. Anymore words of wisdom, son?
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