The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.In a recent article about the new DiamonDisc (at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2009/11/diamondisc-will-store-data-for-1000-years-on-stone-disks.html), several newsletter readers posted comments about the pros and cons of using CD and DVD disks for long-term data storage. Comments were posted stating that such disks, when filled with information, typically last only two to five years (I agree with that statement) and other comments were posted claiming that the so-called "gold disks" will last 300 years (I disagree with that statement). In any case, I believe that all discussion about long term storage on plastic disks is a moot point. I suspect that CD and DVD disk READERS are about to disappear within the next ten years.
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