M-DISC – A New Product for Data Backup Day

M-DISC The 1,000-year storage solution

Today is Data Backup Day when many genealogists and family historians take time to ensure that they don’t lose access to their research data, scanned photos and more. Check out our Data Backup Resources here at GeneaBloggers and make backing up your genealogy data a regular habit.

How the  M-DISC™ is Different

When was the last time you tried to use some of your older CDs or DVDs which you used to store data?  Did you know that the coating on most data DVDs can degrade over time? Most writable DVDs, including the most expensive “Gold” archival DVDs, burn data into an organic dye layer. Organic dyes start to degrade and fade as soon as they are written. This leads to a condition called “data rot”. This problem is so severe that the National Archives warns that the shelf life of a regular DVD is 2-5 years. The M-DISC™ contains no organic dyes. Instead, the M-DISC™’s data layer is composed of rock-like materials known to last for centuries. The M-DISC READY™ Drive etches the M-DISC™’s rock-like layer creating a permanent physical data record that is immune to data rot.

Writing to and Reading the M-DISC™

Leading computer manufacturers such as LG, Acer, and Dell already offer the M-DISC™ Ready Drive with their newer systems. See Currently Available M-DISC™ Ready Drives to determine if your drive will work with the M-DISC™. You can also shop for portable M-DISC™ Ready Drives at Amazon including this LG Electronics 8X USB 2.0 Ultra Slim Portable DVD+/-RW External Drive with M-DISC Support.

LG Electronics 8X USB 2.0 Ultra Slim Portable DVD+/-RW External Drive with M-DISC Support, Retail (Black) GP60NB50

And a M-DISC READY™ Drive engraves the M-DISC™ using a compatible data format that can be read by most quality DVD drives.

More Information about M-DISC™

Please visit the FAQ page over at the M-DISC™ website for more information. And consider using the M-DISC™ to backup all the important data such as scanned photos, genealogy data and more.

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.