U.S. Navy DVD Study

I still have my concerns about the longevity of DVDs (see Recordable DVD recommendations); however, I also recognize the need to preserve video and other memories on optical discs. No system for storing digital files is without problems, and relying solely on an external hard drive or similar system is not a good strategy. For this reason, I generally recommend storing important video and other files on CDs or DVDs.

20100224_US Navy DVD StudyA recently released study, which lists specific manufacturers, provides some guidance on using DVD to preserve digital files. In this study on Accelerated Life Cycle Comparison of Millenniata Archival DVD, the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division found that the Millenniata discs performed best under accelerated aging conditions. Millenniata discs, which are not compatible with standard DVD recorders, were readable, even after relatively harsh test conditions.

The study also found that Taiyo Yuden gold discs performed well, when compared to other similar discs. Delkin and MAM-A gold DVDs had relatively poor initial recording quality, while Mitsubishi and Verbatim gold DVDs performed poorly under accelerated aging tests.

Millenniata DVDs are currently available only from their manufacturer, while Taiyo Yuden gold DVDs are available from various suppliers. To locate these DVDs, search for Taiyo Yuden Gold DVD on Google or another search engine.

The complete report is available – Download ChinaLakeMillenniataTestReport.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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