DiamonDisc 1,000 year DVD wonder…

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by Mike
Posted November 13th, 2009 at 6:29 am

No matter the type of storage format, death will come at some point. We humans exist for but a mere moment when all things are considered. To leave our legacy, ideas, thoughts, and knowledge behind we rely on storage in the form of (these days) DVD’s, hard drives, flash memory, and even a few cassette tapes. The problem with these formats is that they are not infinite. Physical compositions degrade, quality suffers, and before long you have a useless piece of plastic. What is the average lifespan for these formats. For most, a couple years to a couple decades (with manufacturers claiming hundreds of years) is about as good as it will get — if you’re lucky. But if you’re quick on your toes this morning you’ll realize none of these formats have even been around several hundred years. So we don’t really know. Why take chances?

CranBerry is banking on that very question above: “Why take chances?” Their Cranberry drive is specially designed to work with their innovative “DiamonDisc” which is claimed to last up to 1,000 years. Is anyone’s “gimmick” alarm going off? Harshness aside, there are some instances such as history, medical records, and other sensitive information would greatly benefit from backups on DiamonDiscs. The only problem is we won’t be here in 1,000 years and as such have no way of confirming this number. The second problem is that a thousand years is a long, long time in the digital world. There’s a good chance physical storage formats will be no more and holographic and implanted body circuits, among other things, will have taken over.

Still, the DiamonDisc does hold it’s own when heavy duty physical storage is concerned as it has the ability to withstand up to heat up to 176 degrees (F), UV radiation, and “normal” material degradation. What’s normal and who rates that normal chart? Not quite sure. But I’m rather intrigued on how resilient these little discs are, especially considering the fact that early on, the discs go for $35 per disc and the drive costing a tad bit more at $4995. Of course, if the drive is too much to stomach, you can always go the standard route and ship your data to CranBerry so they can copy it to disc and send it back all nicely sealed in it’s 1,000 year strong sarcophagus. What do you think?

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