Storing Wedding Photos
The Archival Gold DVD-R lets you store more images in one location. The innovative materials and manufacturing methods used to produce Archival Gold DVD-R's make them among the most reliable storage media available. Other DVD-R's may deteriorate quickly due to common environmental factors: ultraviolet light, heat, and humidity. Using N.I.S.T.'s (National Institute of Standards and Technology) accelerated aging process to test the longevity of DVD-R media, the Archival Gold DVD-R has been shown to safely store your images for more than 100 years.
A key component of the Archival Gold DVD-R's durability is the use of gold as the reflective layer of the disc. Gold is one of the most inert, reflective (and expensive) elements on earth, which makes it perfect to resist the effects of temperature and humidity. These characteristics prevent oxidation, a common cause of failure to most DVD-R's. Thirty percent of Delkin's cost to produce every Archival Gold disc is due to the use of 24 karat gold.
What does these facts about Gold Archival DVDs mean? Your full resolution JPEGs on Gold Archival DVDs might just be more safe than on a computer hard drive which is subject to overheating and computer virus attacks and other computer problems! But remember, there is no such thing as a 100% perfect way of storing your wedding images.
While photographs may be processed and may be expected to last 100 years with reasonable care, wedding albums do in fact get worn out, damaged and lost. While it is true there are photographic processes for printing which can last 100 or more years, this doesn't mean the particular photo lab a photographer uses is actually performing the necessary lab work to ensure that kind of photographic longevity.
If any photographer tells his customers the album he or she provides will last that long, that photographer should GUARANTEE that claim. It is easy for a photographer to talk about the photographs in the albums they provide will last 100+ years, but which of those photographers put their money where their mouth is by backing it up with a GUARANTEE? And will that photographer guarantee the album to be archival and constructed well enough to last many decades? I mean, what good is it to construct an album with photos glued to the pages even if the photos may last 100 years if the album they are attached to does not?
M-Disc Is NOT An Electro-Mechanical Device Subject To Failure
The 4⅝" diameter disc format is going to be here for the very long foreseeable future because of the cost per data storage ratio and for the practical ergonomic (easy to handle - 4⅝" diameter not physically too big or small) and a broad variety of uses. Remember, unlike ALL other media during the past couple of decades, the optical disc format is not an electro-mechanical device subject to failure or malfunction like betamax, VHS, DAT, reel-to-reel, cassette tapes, floppies, etc. There are no electrical, electronic or mechanical moving parts. Whether it is optical disc with data "burned" via laser or data "etched" onto the disc as with the M-writer disc, the 4⅝" diameter disc format will be here for the very long foreseeable future.
While the custom engraved pen drives and other portable electronic devices some photographers provide their customers the wedding photos on may seem convenient, make sure you actually archive your precious wedding day images on DVD - especially M-Discs. (The M-Discs requires a special burner but may be accessed with any conventional DVD drive).