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New claims for optical media

From: Tim Vitale <tjvitale<-a>
Date: Monday, December 1, 2008
It has been shown that CD-R which use (a) a gold reflective backing
layer and (b) Phthalocyanine dye (P-dye) can be stable for up to
25-years when burned slowly, following a prescribed procedure
(described elsewhere).

    <URL:http://www.delkin.com/products/archivalgold/cdr.html>

Kodak's claim of 100-year lifetime (I've seen up to 250-years
somewhere) for their Gold/P-dye CD-R (Ultima) has never been
substantiated to my knowledge:

    <URL:http://www.kodak.com/global/en/service/faqs/faq1632.shtml>

I believe consensus has settled on 25-year lifetime for the Ultima,
in practice.

It has been said that because Phthalocyanine dye is not being used
in DVD-Rs that they can not be "as archival" as Gold/P-dye CD-R.  I
usually say: "no more than 2.5 years."  However, I'm known to be
hard on optical media (because I've had them fail when I went back
to use them).  As a side note--of the 50-60 or so HDD I've owned
since 1993, two failed in 1996 (just at 3 years) and now, 12 years
later, I just had another fail at 3 years of use (a premium-brand
10,000-RPM type); many of my HDD are 5-8 years old and still
working.

So, I was looking over the most recent Calumet Catalog and saw that
they are passing along Delkin Devices' claim that they make the only
archival DVD-R and BL-R.  It seems they have more scratch-resistant
coatings but no P-dye layer, as far as I can tell.

Delkin claims that their DVD-R are "archival" (with gold reflective
layer and 10x more scratch resistant topcoat, but no P-dye layer)

    <URL:http://www.delkin.com/products/archivalgold/dvdr.html>.

Delkin claims their Blu-Ray BD-R is "archival" (gold reflective
layer and a ScratchArmor (c) 50x more scratch resistant, no P-dye
layer)

    <URL:http://www.delkin.com/
        products/archivalgold/archival-blue-ray-delkin.html>

Delkin White Paper on optical media technology dated 2005:

    <URL:http://www.delkin.com/
        pdf/user_guides/archivalgold_whitepaper.pdf>

Delkin CD-R test results using ANSI/PIMA IT9-27-1999 claims
300-years for their "eFilm" CD-R under proper storage

    <URL:http://www.delkin.com/
        pdf/user_guides/archivalgold_testresults.pdf>
    (report not dated).

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    email. There should be no newlines.

Does anyone have experience of direct operational knowledge of these
Delkin Devices "archival" optical media.

Tim Vitale
510-594-8277


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