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Data Has Disappeared Off DVDs

by Michel Robert-Tissot / May 15, 2010 1:59 AM PDT

We have several DVDs of home movies. They are Sony and Memorex DVD-Rs. They were burned a couple of years ago, and we have watched them at different times since then. However, we recently tried to watch them and they appear to be completely empty. We tried different computers and players and they all say the discs are empty. There is no available space on the discs, but there is also no data. Any suggestions on what could have happened and possible recovery?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 15, 2010 2:23 AM PDT

A little too high a temperature and the common DVD recorded media could appear blank. I usually try a new DVD drive but given you tried other machines it looks like this content is gone.

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dvd/cd : lifespan > digital data >
by palenative / June 2, 2010 10:14 PM PDT

BBC World's tech programme >Click had an insert this past week on recent findings as follows: -

Recent scientific research reveals that data on DVD and CD do not last longer than 5 years, in rare cases less than a year. Surface deteriorates and quality varies across same brand even though designed to last for centuries. [Franck Lalo

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