In a move that will help protect documents, records, photographs and other digital data for up to 1,000 years, Xerox Corporation announced that all of its DVD Duplicators now can copy content onto specialized DVDs that are designed to last for centuries.
As more businesses and individuals store content on digital mediums, such as CDs, hard drives, flash drives and servers, there is greater potential for content to inadvertently get erased or corrupted. With this in mind, Xerox , through a licensing agreement with Vinpower Digital, will enable all Xerox DVD Duplicators to copy digital content onto the long lasting Vinpower M-DISC 4.7GB recordable media.
Different from traditional DVDs, the M-DISC utilizes an inorganic stone-like material on the write layer that is extremely resistant to heat, light, humidity, and oxidation, leading causes of data loss and content corruption on conventional DVDs. When tested by the U.S. Department of Defense Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, the M-DISC was the only media out of five competing brands to retain the data burned onto it without degradation, even when subject to the highest degree of ultraviolet rays and inclement weather.
Because of the M-DISC’s unique construction, it cannot easily or consistently be written to by a standard writer/recorder DVD drive. Xerox DVD Duplicators are equipped with unique optical disc drives in order to work with the M-DISC, giving governments, financial or legal institutions, businesses and customers in the medical and educational field and even individuals the ability to add an extra layer of safety and longevity to digital content. Plus, once recorded, M-DISC can be read through any DVD drive.
“Whether the stored content consists of important government files or personal pictures from a child’s first birthday party, storing them on non-archival grade media, risks permanent loss or degradation of original content,” said Vinpower Digital CEO Calvin Chang. “Xerox Duplicators give customers the option of ensuring that valuable content is available in the future.”
Xerox’s Digital Duplicator series includes standalone manual towers and automated CD, DVD, Blu-ray, and LightScribe capable duplicators as well as USB and SD/MicroSD flash memory.