Will M-DISK Last 1000 Years?

M disk longevity
M Disks are available now at Amazon.

 

The M-DISC is short for Millennial Disc. It is a write-once optical disc technology that’s available in DVD and Blu-ray. It uses an inorganic metal oxide layer to store the data, which should have very long term stability compared to the organic dyes found in DVD and Blu-ray disks. Organic dyes start to degrade and fade as soon as they are written, leading to a condition sometimes called “data rot”. The National Archives warns that the reliable shelf life of a standard recordable DVD is only somewhere between 2 and 5 years. Like me you may have many discs that have lasted longer, but their useful life is finite.

Not all DVD or Blu-ray players will play an M-Disk. Be sure you purchase a DVD drive that supports M-Disc DVD. Or purchase a Blu-ray drive that supports both M-Disc DVD and M-Disc Blu-ray. They are called M-Ready drives. Look for the M-Disc logo. Here’s a list of approved DVD and Blu-ray drives.

Update to the latest firmware for your drive. Out of date firmware may be one of the reasons for disks that will not play. The user reviews of the M-disk are pretty positive. On Amazon, there are 80 – four and five stars reviews and only 5 one and two star reviews.

The poor reviews are mostly about failure to play the disk, occasionally even with an approved drive that created it. Some users complained that they had to insert the disk several times for it to be read. One user wrote that “Five of the fifteen discs failed in verification.” The failures happened immediately so at least you’d know there was a problem. One possible reason for the DVD version having problems is that these are DVD+R disks which are not as reliable as DVD-R disk in common usage. This reminds me of the early days of DVDs when some clients could not view the DVD I created for them, but other could. Turned out those players were older models and that was usually the problem. Chances are you will make a few coasters when using these disks and that raises the cost per disk.

Like a conventional Blu-ray disk, the M-Disc Blu-ray can hold up to 25 gigabytes. But the M-Disc BDXL can hold up to a delicious 100 gigabytes. The burning rate is 4X so a DVD or Blu-ray will each take about 30 minutes. The manufacturer doesn’t recommend inkjet printing these disks, but rather hand-writing a simple name or serial number on the inner hub of the disc where no data is recorded. This is how professional archivists do it.

It’s wise to store the valuable data in more than one places such as on a disk using different brands of top quality media such as Taiyo Yuden and Panasonic and on cloud storage like a Dropbox, Wistia or Amazon. These M-disks may finally solve one of the real downsides of video in general – it is not permanent. I’ve even seen some of my own family videos disappear and that’s a hard lesson to bear.

The drives are another question. No one knows how long Blu-ray drives will be around. 100 years? I wouldn’t bet on it. So an additional safety measure would be to transfer all materials to another permanent storage medium 20 years from now. Or at least before the last Blu-ray player is available.

Bottom line: Will M-disk Last 1000 Years? No one know for sure, but I do recommend M-Disks, but I would also copy your important data to other storage containers.

M Disks are available now at Amazon.

 
 

Keep Reading...

Cine Squid Car Mount

Drive-by Shooting: Car Shots with the CineSquid Car Mount

This video shows you how to make car shots without spending a fortune. These shots work in so many types of films.

Read More
ChromeCast brings YouTube videos to your TV.

Chromecast – Internet Video and Music in Your Living Room

Google's new tiny digital video Internet receiver is called

Read More
Digital Bolex Ships

Digital Bolex is Available

The Digital Bolex is now available.

Read More
MattelCommercial

A Brilliant Marketing Video For Young Girls

Barbie dolls have often been criticized as a poor role model for young girls. There were comments about Barbie’s unrealistic body standards and a Computer Engineer Barbie who required the help of her male counterparts to get rid of a virus. And there were many other accusations made against Mattel who produced the Barbie doll. […]

Read More


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  • Forbes Magazine calls VideoUniversity one of the best business-to-business sites for digital video production.
  • WINNER
    Videography Magazine's
    "Website of the Month" Award
  • WINNER
    PC Magazine Online "Best Desktop Video Site" Award
  • WINNER
    CyberFilm School's "FOUR STAR" Award