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16th August 2007 6:36  #1

Michael Friedrichsen Member Join Date: September 2003 Location: Denmark Posts: 557
How long can the data(movie) last on a DVD?
I got a question about DVD in general. I want to know how long the data(the movie) on a DVD can last?
I have read many different answers between 10-15, 20-30, 50-100 years It seems that know one knows for real and all has different opinions on the matter.
But do anyone know what the real answer is, if you keep them save from scratches and sunlight how long do the movie last on a DVD?

16th August 2007 9:27  #2

Nic Mall Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,202 Send a message via MSN to Nic Mall
Who cares?
If it's anything near the 100 year mark chances are you'll be dead or will have replaced them with holodeck technology or have been destroyed in WW:XIIXX or or or

16th August 2007 11:37  #3

scottmck Contributor Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 393
By the time you get to the age when you start worrying about your movies disappearing off the DVDs in your collection, you'll probably be more worried about not having enough time left in your life to watch them all!

16th August 2007 21:08  #4

Stubby Member Join Date: December 2006 Location: United States Posts: 290
I've been to the future and back. DVD data lasts 64 years. The big fashion trend of the 2060's is DVD earrings

16th August 2007 21:27  #5

Moldovia Member Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 124
scottmck wrote: By the time you get to the age when you start worrying about your movies disappearing off the DVDs in your collection, you'll probably be more worried about not having enough time left in your life to watch them all!

Or who is going to come to your home to wipe your bottom and wash u.

16th August 2007 22:14  #6

scottmck Contributor Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 393
All videotapes from the twentieth century were destroyed in 2443, during the second coming of Jesus.
Professor Farnsworth

18th August 2007 2:22  #7

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
In theory the technology should last 100 years but I have read around 8 or so - depends on how you take care of it, how the DVD itself was made, etc.....

27th August 2007 18:48  #8

Stubby Member Join Date: December 2006 Location: United States Posts: 290
I just played all my DVDs and they still work.
I'll do it again tomorrow

28th August 2007 18:03  #9

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
And? Don't leave us in suspense Stubby!

30th August 2007 19:42  #10

Nic Mall Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,202 Send a message via MSN to Nic Mall
OH MY GOD! I can't take it!

30th August 2007 21:11  #11

Stubby Member Join Date: December 2006 Location: United States Posts: 290
Wha..Sorry, dozed off re-watching The English Patient. I think all the data was there. Have to check again to make sure. If you don't hear from me, call the police

3rd September 2007 16:20  #12

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
It's been four days... Screw the regular police, I'm getting RoboCop on the case!

Don't worry Stubby! We'll find you!

3rd September 2007 20:17  #13

Stubby Member Join Date: December 2006 Location: United States Posts: 290
Don't.. Know..How..Long..I..Can..Keep..Watching..English..Patient
Room is spinning, feeling weak. Damn data won't disappear
Robocop: Bring Bagels. Hurry

3rd September 2007 20:38  #14

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
Maybe the best way to answer it is "how long is a piece of string"?

8th September 2007 13:30  #15

GeoffC Member Join Date: November 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 22
I would worry more as to what I am going to play my DVDs on before I think of the data not being there.

11th April 2008 21:45  #16

Stubby Member Join Date: December 2006 Location: United States Posts: 290
I have now played The English Patient 324 times and all the data is still there!!! And I finally learned to enjoy it as well (after the 286th viewing)

13th April 2008 8:20  #17

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
RoboCop must've brought you a Hell of a lot of bagels...

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