Why is Archival Gold® media more reliable than other storage mediums?
Traditional recordable media utilizes a combination of silver (to reflect) and an azo or cyanine dye (to hold data) in order to achieve its recording layer. Over time, both of these layers tend to degrade (often called disc rot), resulting in a loss of data. Disc rot is accelerated by heat, light and humidity but can also be attributed to cheap materials or inferior production processes in many cases. Archival Gold utilizes the inert qualities of 24 karat gold and a patented dye layer, along with carefully controlled manufacturing processes to prevent the corrosion that causes data degradation in traditional media