M-DISC – A New Product for Data Backup Day

M-DISC The 1,000-year storage solution

Today is Data Backup Day when many genealogists and family historians take time to ensure that they don’t lose access to their research data, scanned photos and more. Check out our Data Backup Resources here at GeneaBloggers and make backing up your genealogy data a regular habit.

How the  M-DISC™ is Different

When was the last time you tried to use some of your older CDs or DVDs which you used to store data?  Did you know that the coating on most data DVDs can degrade over time? Most writable DVDs, including the most expensive “Gold” archival DVDs, burn data into an organic dye layer. Organic dyes start to degrade and fade as soon as they are written. This leads to a condition called “data rot”. This problem is so severe that the National Archives warns that the shelf life of a regular DVD is 2-5 years. The M-DISC™ contains no organic dyes. Instead, the M-DISC™’s data layer is composed of rock-like materials known to last for centuries. The M-DISC READY™ Drive etches the M-DISC™’s rock-like layer creating a permanent physical data record that is immune to data rot.

Writing to and Reading the M-DISC™

Leading computer manufacturers such as LG, Acer, and Dell already offer the M-DISC™ Ready Drive with their newer systems. See Currently Available M-DISC™ Ready Drives to determine if your drive will work with the M-DISC™. You can also shop for portable M-DISC™ Ready Drives at Amazon including this LG Electronics 8X USB 2.0 Ultra Slim Portable DVD+/-RW External Drive with M-DISC Support.

LG Electronics 8X USB 2.0 Ultra Slim Portable DVD+/-RW External Drive with M-DISC Support, Retail (Black) GP60NB50

And a M-DISC READY™ Drive engraves the M-DISC™ using a compatible data format that can be read by most quality DVD drives.

More Information about M-DISC™

Please visit the FAQ page over at the M-DISC™ website for more information. And consider using the M-DISC™ to backup all the important data such as scanned photos, genealogy data and more.

©2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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Data Backup Day – May 1, 2013

Data Backup Day

This past month, I’ve read some pretty scary stories of data failure, data loss and the heartbreak of hard drive melt down via Facebook. At the same time, I’ve also heard stories from those who thankfully had backed up their data and were able to restore it because they were prepared!

What would you do if you lost all your genealogy research? Have you backed up EVERYTHING including Internet favorites, emails from other researchers, and photos?

Remember that it’s never to late to get in the good habit of a regular backup.  Follow along here at GeneaBloggers where the first day of each month is Data Backup Day.

BackBlaze – Easy and COMPLETE Backups

While you could fumble with flash drives, burn CDs or DVDs or use other programs, check out BackBlaze which was a sponsor at RootsTech this year and has been working with the genealogy community to make sure that all their genealogy research data (and all their computer data) is completely backed up.

BackBlaze is easy to use and performs backups automatically as you update your files. Click here or click the graphic at the top of this post for more information!

Data Backup Resources

GeneaBloggers has developed a resource list of data backup methodologies and solutions. Click here to learn how you can backup almost every aspect of your blog, your browser, your computer – even Macs!

©2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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Data Backup Day – April 1, 2013

Data Backup Day

Data loss is no joke – not even on April Fool’s Day.  What would you do if you lost all your genealogy research? Have you backed up EVERYTHING including Internet favorites, emails from other researchers, and photos?

Remember that it’s never to late to get in the good habit of a regular backup.  Follow along here at GeneaBloggers where the first day of each month is Data Backup Day.

BackBlaze – Easy and COMPLETE Backups

While you could fumble with flash drives, burn CDs or DVDs or use other programs, check out BackBlaze which was a sponsor at RootsTech this year and has been working with the genealogy community to make sure that all their genealogy research data (and all their computer data) is completely backed up.

BackBlaze is easy to use and performs backups automatically as you update your files. Click here or click the graphic at the top of this post for more information!

Data Backup Resources

GeneaBloggers has developed a resource list of data backup methodologies and solutions. Click here to learn how you can backup almost every aspect of your blog, your browser, your computer – even Macs!

©2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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