New DVD Designed to Last 1,000 Years

Data on M-Disk can endure sunlight and extreme heat, company says
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2011 5:43 PM CDT
File image. The new M-Disk DVD is designed to safely store data for 1,000 years, enduring sunlight, humidity, and even extreme heat, according to Millenniata, the company that made it.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Are you hoping that future generations will watch fine modern fare like Mars Needs Moms a thousand years from now, on DVDs that can endure 932 degrees Fahrenheit? You're in luck, thanks to Millenniata, a company that has created the M-Disk—a DVD that stores data on synthetic material that won't fade in the sun or under humid conditions, Digital Trends reports.

Traditional DVDs store information when light spots are burned onto a dye that coats the disc. But that data eventually degrades, unlike the metals and other rock-like, inorganic materials on the M-Disk. It was even tested by US Navy's Weapons Division, or so says Millenniata. The discs should go for about $3 each; no word yet on prices for future M-Disk drives.

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