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Kodak professional grade discs have 100-year life

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 12 Jan 2008 20:28 User comments (10)

Kodak professional grade discs have 100-year life KODAK has introduced its Professional Grade CD-Rs and DVD-Rs that offer a lifespan of up to 100 years, according to the company. The company is targeting photographers, music studios, and other businesses and professionals who want higher quality discs that will safely store their images, videos and data.
"We are introducing these new, professional grade discs for those who can't take a chance on short-lived silver CD-Rs." said Steve Mizelle, President of KMP Media. The firm operates under trademark license from Eastman Kodak Company.

The discs combine superior recording quality with durability that will protect images, sound and data for 100 years. Only archival KODAK 24K Gold Preservation CDs last longer. The advanced discs are manufactured using a patented, oxidation-resisting gold metallurgy process. This produces enhanced electrical properties, long archival life, significant reductions in error rates and the fastest write speeds available in archival media.

The disc's proprietary reflective surface alloy and high quality dye layer provides quality storage that is far superior to traditional silver discs. Silver discs also can deteriorate quickly when exposed to heat, humidity and ultraviolet light and many last only five years or less.

In addition to the physical disc improvements, the company also is offering new jewel cases that protect the disc. The archival case is made of non-gassing polypropylene and vented to release heat and humidity. The case will withstand up to 200 pounds of pressure if stepped on. Inside the case is a floating design feature that that suspends the disc above the surface to prevent scratching. A patented one-touch release mechanism frees the disc from the mount to eliminate bending of the disc during removal.

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10 user comments

112.1.2008 20:50

Ummmmmmmm.

Okay?

212.1.2008 21:08

and of course if it doesn't last for 100 years, you can always leave a request in your will to get your great great grandchildren to return it for a refund
they began testing this is 1908 to make sure it has a 100 year life span ? umm right , that's fair enough !

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 12 Jan 2008 @ 21:09

312.1.2008 22:43

Some of these new features sound pretty cool, but really a hundred years? I know a lot of products have a lifetime guarantee but now this one is supposed to continue after I die?

One thing did catch my eye though

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The archival case is made of non-gassing polypropylene

Does this mean that all my jewel cases are slowly releasing gas that could damage my dvd's! wtf!

412.1.2008 22:45

don't tell the media indutry that, they would have to stop reselling you stuff every 4-8 years :P

512.1.2008 23:31

one of the dirty secrets in the digital world we live in is that most of the recording media we use presently, 5" discs, sucks when it comes to archiving. not only is the media very sensitive to the environment, heat, humidity, mold (ever seen a cd with mold in it? gross) but the data will also lose integrity and have errors within 5-10 years, and that is assuming you take care enough of it so that the disc doesn't warp, mold, chip, scratch, etc.

vinyl records and paper photos are more likely to last longer than that stack of cd/dvd that people are using to replace them. How funny is that!

612.1.2008 23:46

This is exactly why the digital age is being called the lost generation. We have little hard copies of anything and formats are constantly changing, let alone the medium they are on.

713.1.2008 22:40

Claims are claims. i could claim to be God, but id probaly end up in an insane asylume.

discs dont last 100 years, maby if you place them in an enviroment controlled safty deposit box it might, but you would have to place a tv a cable and the device to play it with inside the same area. and hope the RIAA Police and MPAA FBI does not find your great great great great grandson and charge him off illeagle possision of UN DRMed work and shoot him in the back of the head with a laser gun. because the TERmanATER RIAA & MPAA JUdge bot said too.

814.1.2008 2:46

Originally posted by DXR88:
Claims are claims. i could claim to be God, but id probaly end up in an insane asylume.

discs dont last 100 years, maby if you place them in an enviroment controlled safty deposit box it might, but you would have to place a tv a cable and the device to play it with inside the same area. and hope the RIAA Police and MPAA FBI does not find your great great great great grandson and charge him off illeagle possision of UN DRMed work and shoot him in the back of the head with a laser gun. because the TERmanATER RIAA & MPAA JUdge bot said too.
Is it so hard to think they made a disc capable of lasting in a reasonable environment 50+ years?



really its a wonder the indutry itself dose not tackle his issue more sierouresly...the again biodegradable discs by sony shall ensure your data is safe .........for 4 year intervals...... is not so nice they care for the "environment" so......

926.1.2008 6:06

This is nothing new from kodak in my book.

1026.1.2008 20:05

Personally, i think this is great. I have cds that have degraded. And the data is lost. They are in perfect condition, other than the fact that they have lost data! Half of my sons(9yrs old) baby pictures are gone! Its a joke, really. Digital info should be non degradable. I have since wised up and store important info on redundant hdds, not in a pc. Its been yet another way to make us consumers continuously buy, and rebuy, and rerebuy.

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