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M-DISC (Millenial Disc)
Media type write once optical disc
Standard DVD, Blu-ray disc
Developed by Millenniata, Inc.
Dimensions 12 cm
Usage Archival storage
Extended from DVD-R, BD-R

M-DISC (Millennial Disc) is a write once optical disc technology available in DVD and Blu-ray forms.


  • Overview 1
  • History 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Picture of an M-DISC with reflections from a monitor
M-DISC in open case
M-DISC "swirl" logo on an LG Blu-ray recorder

M-DISC's design is intended to provide greater archival media longevity.[1] Millenniata claims that properly stored M-DISC recordings will last 1000 years.[2] While the exact M-DISC are a trade secret,[3] 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. [4][5]

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"[6][7]


  • Official website

External links

  1. ^ "Final Report for Millenniata DVD Testing August 2009-October 2009", Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. Retrieved 10 November 2009.
  2. ^ Front Page
  3. ^ mDisc Review
  4. ^ "Optical data storage media containing substantially inert low melting temperature data layer US 8389095 B2", Patent US 8389095. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Long-term digital data storage US 7613869 B2", Patent US 7613869. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  6. ^ "75 page breakdown of the D.O.D.'s findings"
  7. ^ "2 page summary of DOD's findings"
  8. ^ See CD-R for an overview
  9. ^ "Lite-On eBAU108 Product Information"Lite-On Corp. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Millenniata Archiving Blu-ray M-Disc Available in Spring 2013" Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  11. ^ "M-Disc's list of devices that can write
  12. ^ Barry Lunt Website
  13. ^ Matthew Linford Website
  14. ^ Douglas Hansen Biography
  15. ^ "Springville company introduces new DVD to protect data for a thousand years or more"Daily Herald. Retrieved 17 July 2009.


M-DISC developer Millenniata, Inc. was co-founded by BYU professors Barry Lunt[12] and Matthew Linford,[13] along with CEO Henry O'Connell and CTO Doug Hansen.[14] The company was incorporated on May 13, 2010 in American Fork, Utah.[15]


LG Electronics, ASUS and Lite-On [9] produce drives which can record M-DISC media. Ritek produces M-DISC Blu-ray disc media, sold under the Imation, Ritek and M-DISC brands.[10][11]

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. [8]

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