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May 16, 2011 20:58 |  #1

Does anyone use Blu-ray to write images on disc for backup?

I use a drive writer limited to about 750 megs right now (per Disc), and an external hard drive too (stored in a fireproof safe). And I've been thinking about an internal or external Blu-ray.

Or do you know of somebody who uses one for backup?

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May 16, 2011 21:27 |  #2
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DVDs would be cheaper than blu rays, I wouldn't buy a blu ray burner just to store pictures on blu rays.

But if you have no problem with the investment, 25gb blu ray disks are a lot more convient than 4.7gb dvds


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May 16, 2011 22:07 |  #3

I'd still rather use hard drive storage. An external hard drive should be compatible with just about any machine. Most machines don't have blu-ray, and I'd still be worried about compatibility issues.




  
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May 16, 2011 23:11 |  #4

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DVDs would be cheaper than blu rays, I wouldn't buy a blu ray burner just to store pictures on blu rays.

But if you have no problem with the investment, 25gb blu ray disks are a lot more convient than 4.7gb dvds

Interesting.

I haven't bought new DVDs in years. Still feeding of an old stack that is finally depleting. Did not realize there were 4.7 gig discs. That would change the equation a lot.


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May 17, 2011 00:48 |  #5

mdvaden wrote in post #12423102 (external link)
I use a drive writer limited to about 750 megs right now (per Disc)

why are you still using CDR?



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May 17, 2011 00:59 |  #6

Bottom line in backup is to have at least 3 , 1 of them offsite.
As for blu ray , I am sure it will replace dvds just like dvd replaced cdr.


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May 17, 2011 03:12 |  #7

you are thinking the same way I am I want to get my next machine with the blu-ray burner and would love to archive my best pics there since drives go bad all the time and tired of havings soo many thumb drives. what setup are you looking at getting?


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May 17, 2011 06:37 |  #8
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I would use blu-ray just in case, I've had plenty of hard drive failures in the past. Ext. drives are ok as well, but I would have a third, just in case




  
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May 17, 2011 15:03 |  #9

mdvaden wrote in post #12423844 (external link)
Interesting.

I haven't bought new DVDs in years. Still feeding of an old stack that is finally depleting. Did not realize there were 4.7 gig discs. That would change the equation a lot.

CD: 700MB
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May 17, 2011 15:25 as a reply to  @ RTPVid's post |  #10

The 25 Gb Blu-ray discs and burner seems reasonable and affordable to use as a backup to HD or external backup.


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May 17, 2011 16:00 |  #11

I do know that with CDR that the lifespan is no where near as long as you would think. After 5 or so years many of the old CDR disks will start to fail and not be readable! I am not sure how long a DVD or Bluray would last, but I would imagine much longer.

On a CD the writable surface is just below the label side. Scratch that and you loose data. In a DVD/Bluray the recordable part is sandwiched between two plastic layers.

I am still sold on using a hard drive based backup, a couple of large drives do not cost too much, and every 5-10 years as new stuff comes out you can transfer to the new tech.




  
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May 17, 2011 16:31 |  #12

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you are thinking the same way I am I want to get my next machine with the blu-ray burner and would love to archive my best pics there since drives go bad all the time and tired of havings soo many thumb drives. what setup are you looking at getting?

Not sure if my next computer will be a MAC or PC. But I typically keep two computers. Always have spares of everything. My wife has a MAC laptop and its pretty good too, but not used for utility much.

So I'm thinking that an external Blu-ray drive, although slightly more money, could be used with a desktop and laptop. May buy, or ask my son to help build. Right now, this is what I have set up, with 2 hard drive, and a DVD / CD writer. And room for at least two more internal drives.


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May 17, 2011 16:36 |  #13

Agent 655 wrote in post #12428311 (external link)
I do know that with CDR that the lifespan is no where near as long as you would think. After 5 or so years many of the old CDR disks will start to fail and not be readable! I am not sure how long a DVD or Bluray would last, but I would imagine much longer....

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May 17, 2011 16:43 |  #14

mdvaden wrote in post #12428507 (external link)
...Right now, this is what I have set up, with 2 hard drive, and a DVD / CD writer. And room for at least two more internal drives.

Yikes, that must be a bear to keep looking clean inside! :eek:

DANGER, WILL ROBINSON... it looks like your My Book is about to fall of the edge! ;)

BTW, have you translated the Morse code cooling slots on that My Book?


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May 17, 2011 19:00 |  #15

RTPVid wrote in post #12428580 (external link)
Yikes, that must be a bear to keep looking clean inside! :eek:

DANGER, WILL ROBINSON... it looks like your My Book is about to fall of the edge! ;)

BTW, have you translated the Morse code cooling slots on that My Book?

Never noticed the Morse Code slots. The case takes about 10 minutes of cleaning every 6 months, using a soft bristle paint brush to loosen tucked away dust and a can of air. It actually keeps me on track to clean on schedule better than when I had a metal case to ignore.

Surprising to see the products available.

Stands to reason that there should be "archival" quality discs.

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