Archiving data to DVD
It is reported that around 100 years is the DVD Lifespan. It is currently one of the most economic, safe and practical ways to archive certain digital audio, video and data files.
Procopy has 20 years of experience in media duplication (burned discs) and replication (pressed discs), and has access to the finest technology for:
- Analogue to digital conversion
- Digital data capture/transfer
- Data integrity validation & error correction
- Cataloging and 'controlled environment' storage
View here for more information on video tape archiving.
Handling and preservation of DVDs and CDs
- Handle discs by the edge or the centre hole
- Use non solvent-based felt-tip permanent markers (label side only)
- Store discs upright (book style) in sturdy CD or DVD cases
- Return discs to storage cases immediately after use
- Store in a clean, cool, dry, dark environment
- Remove dirt, foreign material, fingerprints, smudges, and liquids by wiping with a clean cotton fabric in a straight line from the centre of the disc towards the outer edge
- Use CD/DVD cleaning detergent, isopropyl alcohol or methanol to remove stubborn dirt or material
- Check the disc surface before recording.
Essential 'do nots'
- Touching the surface of the disc
- Bending the disc
- Storing discs horizontally
- Exposing discs to extreme heat or high humidity
- Exposing recordable discs to prolonged sunlight or other UV sources
- Write or mark the data area or data side of the disc
- Clean in a circular direction around the disc (always from centre - out like bike spokes)
- Try to peel off or reposition a Cd or DVD label
- Write on the disc with a pen or marker that is not designed for discs