New M-Disc Technology Promises Permanent Data Retention

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fallout330

I"d love to test one of those disks out and see if there is a "breaking" point.  Interesting

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reimermatt

I would rather use these than a stupid cloud. However I use external hard drives for my backups. 

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luusyphre

It's a mistake to think that keeping all your backups in your home is all you need, especially in such visible devices as external hard drives.  I've had a couple friends who have had their homes robbed; they thought they were safe with multiple external hard drives, but the theif stole all of them and their laptops.  These were graduate students with tons of research in video and audio recordings, now all gone.  And if not burglery, what if there was a fire or massive electrical surge?  Your data should exist in at least 3 places, your computer, a local backup, and a backup outside your home, or else you're not backed up at all.

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Eagle One

I still have floppy disks that contain perfectly saved data.  I am partial to using Hard Drives to save large amounts of data too.   I have a few around that have not lost a byte.

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MrBlueCheese

I would have to weigh the costs/benifits of traditional DVD's versus the new one being advertised.

Since you said release date is in October, does that mean we'll be seeing the burners for it around that time frame as well?

 

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rawrnomnom

will it blend?

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mccordrm

1. They put their money where their mouth is if the disc becomes damaged? No. I want what the information lost is worth. Refunding my $3 for the disc doesn't put my mind at ease at all if my business backup is lost.

2. It's still another disc to keep track of. We've hit an Age where I should just have to mouse-click my way to what I want... to hell with walking across the room to get a disc, walk back to place it in a drive, then walk back across the room to store it again. Lazy? Maybe. But paying $3 to walk across the room sounds crazier.

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aarcane

They have one-click disk backup with disk changers now.  more common for tape media, which is more common for backups.  the new trend however is to backup to hard-drive over the network.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

What is the "limited" shelf life of an optical disc?

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Brad Chacos

Manufacturers sometimes claim that DVDs can last up to 100 years, but the Optical Storage Technology Association pegs 5 to 10 years as a more realistic number. That number is drastically reduced in certain environments, like at sea, and that's why the DoD took a look at the M-Disc to begin with.

Check out the shelf life number: http://www.osta.org/technology/cdqa13.htm

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ShyLinuxGuy

Hard drives are so much easier to back up to. Drag and drop, or have an automated program  or shell script do it for you, and it's done in a few seconds.  I suppose hard drives are a reliable way to back up, so long as it isn't the one inside your computer and it's taken care of. I hate waiting ten minutes for a DVD to finish it's burn session.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

When you consider how long it would take to copy a terabyte onto DVDs, and how much those DVDs would cost, the only reasonable backup solution available is simply copying the data to another hard drive, which you put away in a safe place.

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Bobster

More spinning things to die inside our computers. What a great idea! The disk will last much longer than the drive that burns/reads it.

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JohnP

<sigh> back to engraved stone tablets are we?

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frizzly

LOL

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RGCook

So, I sit for days backing up my 800 GB of irreplaceable data, only to discover that the invincible M-Disc is botched, but oh, year, here's your money back for the disks. Have a nice day.

wat?

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Caboose

If you're archiving 800GB of data, you should also be running a data comparison/disc check after each disc is burned, regardless if its cd, dvd, blu-ray or M-Disc. Hell, even if backing up to a hard drive, a data comparison to ensure that the integrety of the file is intact is a must.

 

To do otherwise, is just foolish.

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Emmit066

I might definitely have to take a look at this if it works the way they are saying it will.

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RGCook

might definately is kinda like the phrase I hear down here in Houston a lot "might could". You've actually just validated a case where it works better. Sorry, but "might definately"? Just kidding you fella.

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ccardarelli

Sounds like this needs to be tested on video, guys.

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