Archival DVDs

Verbatim’s newly released UltraLife Gold Archival Grade DVD-R media is the most durable, longest-lasting DVD-R media you can buy. These discs have two features designed to increase their useful life: a gold layer that covers the silver recording layer, and an extra-hard coating to protect the discs from scratches. The gold layer is claimed to reduce the possibility of corrosion of the silver layer, which (aside from scratches) is the primary cause of disc failure.

I suggest that if you’re archiving important files onto DVDs, consider using these discs. Street price is $10 for five DVD-R discs, or $80 for 50 discs. Verbatim also has an UltraLife Gold CD-R, available for as little as $50 for 50. (Prices are from