Probably a bit like asking the length of a piece of string but I'm looking for an "average life span". I've seen figures for read/writes in the 10's of thousands but that's not what I'm interested in. One of the reasons to have a DVD recorder is to archive my old home camcorder tapes. Some of the earliest ones (16 years old!) are starting to deteriorate so burning onto DVD seems a good way to delay this. I'm using genuine Panasonic DVD-RAM disks. Once burnt they'll be kept in a dark, dry cupboard at normal room temperature. Maybe they'll get played once a year or so. Does anyone know how long I can expect these discs to last before the dye starts to deteriorate? I've searched Google but haven't found any consistent opinions. Thanks.