How long are rewritable DVDs good for?

By Jskid ยท 6 replies
Nov 27, 2011
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  1. Not sure if this is true but someone told me rewritable CDs die out after a year. Does this happen with DVDs? Does it matter how many times you have written to them?
  2. BeastMode 17

    BeastMode 17 TS Rookie

    DVD RW Life Span

    I have never had a burned DVD or CD go out on me after a year however according to researchers they only have a lifespan of 2-5 years. This however will help answer your question I think!
  3. Jskid

    Jskid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 346

    Thanks for that.
  4. BeastMode 17

    BeastMode 17 TS Rookie

    No Problem
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    This isn't exactly what you asked for, but you might find the results interesting anyway: Psuedo-scientific study of CD-R data longevity.

    Basically I think if you treat them well and keep them out of the sun they should last at least 5 years. I don't think its unrealistic to expect 10 years. But, if the data is very important to you, having only one copy is bad practice.
  6. AColeman

    AColeman TS Rookie


    Well I can give you a sure answer and it is "no", I've had rewritable CDs and DVDs for over 5 years and I've still been able to use them so they won't die out as long as you have never tried to burn anything on it before.
  7. Jskid

    Jskid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 346

    Ya that's what I meant. I had a rewritable cd with an old backup and for some reason it no longer works. I tested it right after creation and about 5 years latter I tested it again and it was dead. I kept in a case but it may have over heated from the weather.

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