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what is the life span of a DVD+R DL disc?

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by shoestring25, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. shoestring25

    shoestring25 Active Member

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    excuse my question of already answered of common knowledge as couldn't find anything when did a search

    what is the life span of a DVD+R DL disc do they degrade over time, or usage?

    VHS tapes have a life span but can last for ages of kept properly is the same true for copied DVDs

    PS excuse me if this is in wrong forum
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    Badger0-0 Well-Known Member

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    Actually, that's a good question, as no-one knows.
    There has been a suggestion that DVD, let alone +R DL, lifespan could be really short.
  3. drummerjohn

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    It has been stated (by a scientific report I read about 12months ago) that a quality manufacturer (Verbatim) single layer should last approx 5 years. Thats with it being stored in a dry\dark normal household temperatures.

    Personally, I wouldn't give the dual layer equivalent half of that.
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    between 3 months and 5 years, depending on manufacturer.
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    wanting to know this about my 25gb bd-re
  6. shoestring25

    shoestring25 Active Member

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    so not ideal for long term storage then i take it.

    shame take up alot less space than old VHS tapes but VHS lasts longer so i will keep those
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    Naqv Active Member

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    I have disks (DVD-R) about 5years old, really cheap ones (expensive in those days) and they are still fine.

    I have heard the figure of 50years for the disks, but that figure seems an exaggeration, as we are dealing with dye's.
    i most certainly don't think 5 years is correct, at least 15years depending on environment, scratches etc.
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    sorry to but in.. but do you think i should wait for Verbatin to release a 50gb BD-RE disk then? or get the EXPENSIVE TDK one? :rolleyes:
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    Are you talking about 25GB TDK vs 50GB Verbatim? Get which ever you need right now.

    I don't even have a blue-ray writer, as I am waiting for the prices to drop. Now that BR has won the HD war, BD disks should be plenty and (relatively) cheap within 12months+.
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    no i got the 25GB Verbatin BD-RE with my burner but have heard that Verbatin are alot better then any other disk maker so i was going to wait untill they released a 50GB BD-RE
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    Thats really interesting. Verbatim were claiming about a year or so ago that their "Advanced AZO" DVD+R disks had a 100 year lifespan, and their DVD+RW disks a 50 year lifespan.
    But I've just checked now, and these claims seem to have been removed and even their Archival Grade disks are lacking actual figures...
    http://www.verbatim-europe.com/index/product.php?pid=41&lang_id=1
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    "With a dual gold/silver reflective layer, AZO dye and Hard Coat protection, the Archival Grade DVD-R was designed for lifetime use and longevity.

    The dual gold/silver reflection layer with the valuable gold coating provides for the longest possible archival lifetime."
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    Which isn't exactly very specific :(

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