Published on 23rd February 2011 by
Originally Posted by HakurenI'm frankly amazed that optical drives are still alive and kicking. For the past 10 years I can easily count (using only my hands) how many CD/DVD I burned. It is about time to send CD/DVD/other-ROMs/RWs into the bin of antiquated equipment.
In particular now when USB3 made external storage/moving data easier and faster than ever for a fraction of the cost when compared to any optical disk. It is pure madness prolonging life of stuff which is pretty much dead. How about buying new version of Windows on a tiny SSD/pendrive. No need for uber super-duper transfers. Old SSDs with transfers around ~100MB will do nicely. Drive will be bootable&encrypted (unlocked with private key generated online for example). There is plenty of possibilities. And if we think for a moment about WIndows 8 where USB3 support will be built-in as standard. Just plug USB stick in and enjoy Windows installation in 5 minutes. Simple. No need for big, slooow, round object whatsoever.
Originally Posted by Th3MaverickI burn DVD-DLs all the time for my wife's photography business. The only absolutely certain way to maintain a backup of truly important stuff is to burn it to a disc and store it in a firesafe deposit box at a bank or other offsite storage location.
I know, this seems kind of extremist and might generate all kinds of negative feedback, but when your wife loses 500+ GB of photos, and amongst those were the only copies of thousands of personal pictures documenting the first 5 years of your marriage, you get kind of crazy. Especially when the hard drive was unrecoverable by 3 different recovery firms, and the online storage system you were using as your offsite backup "lost" your entire account.
So, by my count, an AFFORDABLE 128GB disc would be hawtness. But at ~$60 a disc, I think 5 x 25GB discs for ~$5 will do just fine.
Originally Posted by ssj12in a corporate environment BDXL makes sense for backing up large files. They require less storage space then buying just dual-layer BDs or DVDs. It will be the corporate environment that will make BDXL cheaper for the consumer market.
Originally Posted by CthippoThe only issue I see with giving up optical media is the need to give stuff to other people. If I do a big photo shoot and I want to give someone a copy, I don't really want to give them my thumb drive I might never see back. Even BD-DLs are cheaper than giving away USB sticks, though these are not.
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