[QUOTE=Francksoy;2065369]Good question. It pops up quite frequently on this board, and to be frank I don’t remember if any consensus was ever reached on the question. Lack of actual facts.
It’s kinda expected that discs do age, burnt or not, like about anything. But I haven’t -yet- come across a report exposing a real, actual issue. Maybe because such degradation could be too easily confused with other issues… Who knows?
I don’t think, anyway, that you’ll still be archiving a lot on DVDR in 3-4 years, you’ll probably have switched mainly to Blu-ray because of the higher capacity… and 3-4 years is most probably a very safe shelf life for good blanks. :)[/QUOTE]
Now for my first magical post:
I think for life and longevity of media is like everything else, it all depends on multiple factors. Factors include the actual manufacturing of that batch of media, handling, shipping, storage, and environmental conditions for the media between the fatory and store, how the clerks at the store handle and display the product, and also the same factors while you keep them in storage yourself.
I’m sure there is a lifespan but if all factors are optimal and the lifespam hype that’s impossible to have been tested is true, they shouldn’t fail within your lifespan.
but: until you use the media you’ll be clueless of the results of a burn, and there’s no sure-way to forsee into the future if something’s going to endanger the media’s well-being over the next couple of years.
What I do is I buy them as I need them, and simply order more far enough in advanced so I don’t run out before they arrive. (Mail order is my only option, all the local stores only carry junk for twice the price of quality media available on-line) Unless you have multiple systems and have a lot of help, you can only sit there and burn so many in a given period of time