|Media type||write once optical disc|
|Standard||DVD, Blu-ray disc|
|Developed by||Millenniata, Inc.|
|Extended from||DVD-R, BD-R|
M-DISC's design is intended to provide greater archival media longevity. Millenniata claims that properly stored M-DISC recordings will last 1000 years. While the exact M-DISC are a trade secret, the patents protecting the M-DISC technology asserts that the data layer is a "glassy carbon" and that the material is substantially inert to oxidation and has a melting point between 200°-1000 °C. 
A stress test was performed by the Department of Defense of the media, proving at the very least that M-Disc DVDs and Blu-rays are more durable than conventional DVDs and Blu-rays. "The discs were subject to the following test conditions in the environmental chamber: 85°C, 85% relative humidity (conditions specified in ECMA-379) and full spectrum light"
Conventional DVD-R and BD-R use recording layers of organic dye and separate reflective layers. M-DISC uses a single inorganic recording layer, with a higher powered laser. Thus, the M-DISC physically alters the recording layer, burning a permanent hole in the material. Recorded discs are readable in conventional drives.
M-DISC developer Millenniata, Inc. was co-founded by BYU professors Barry Lunt and Matthew Linford, along with CEO Henry O'Connell and CTO Doug Hansen. The company was incorporated on May 13, 2010 in American Fork, Utah.
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- Front Page
- mDisc Review
- "Optical data storage media containing substantially inert low melting temperature data layer US 8389095 B2", Patent US 8389095. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
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- "75 page breakdown of the D.O.D.'s findings"
- "2 page summary of DOD's findings"
- See CD-R for an overview
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- "Millenniata Archiving Blu-ray M-Disc Available in Spring 2013" StorageNewsletter.com. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "M-Disc's list of devices that can write
- Barry Lunt Website
- Matthew Linford Website
- Douglas Hansen Biography
- "Springville company introduces new DVD to protect data for a thousand years or more"Daily Herald. Retrieved 17 July 2009.
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