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DVDs as storage useless?

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by Gomar, Dec 17, 2011.

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  1. Gomar

    Gomar Thread Starter

    Dec 8, 2007
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    With prices of external HDDs dropping, and capacity increasing, there is no longer use
    for DVDs as storage media. A portable 500gb HDD goes for $79. That's one light weight
    item instead of 100 DVDs. I have a shoe box filled with 50 DVDs that weighs about 5x more than
    a portable hdd.
    However, comparing costs:
    1cd-r 700mb(0.7gb) - 0.11c each
    1DVD 4.37gb - 0.20c each
    100 DVDs(437gb) - $20 [0.04c - 1gb]
    100 CD-Rs(70gb) - $11 [0.16c - 1gb]

    So, in the long run, you do get more storage far cheaper from DVDs (4 times less).
    However, you need to swap them alot if backing up a hdd, + jewel cases add to cost,
    +storage, + risk of scratches or damage, +wear out of drive.
    Also, you cant play DVDs in cd players or in the car, and my DVD player does not play jpgs nor mp3s.
  2. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    May 25, 2005
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    It's also better to spend a little more and "build your own" external by getting a good enclosure and installing a good HDD.
    You can't get to the HDD in a "store bought" to test the HDD and/or Recover files without voiding the warranty.
    You also can't change the enclosure if it fails.

    The HDDs I use have a 5 year warranty .. You don't know what quality comes in "store boughts"
  3. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    Actually, I have been using d/l BluRay for long-term storage for quite a while. They hold 50 GB's so are plenty large enough for almost anyone's whole system image, or around 15 DVD's of data.

    You'll find that most data loss in this forum is from external drives. They are the most unreliable for storage of anything available. Optical media survive drops and impacts much better than drives, and they are not subject to data loss from magnets, power surges, sympathetic lightning discharges, or anything like that as drives are.

    Quality is very hard to guage. Even a company as large and famous as Kingston, for example, does not make the memory for their own memory cards but use cheap, off-the-shelf, memory from Taiwan, the exact same as used in HP SD cards.
  4. fairnooks

    fairnooks Banned

    Oct 1, 2007
    They work very well as off-site versioned backup storage; burn'em and mail'em works better than swapping off site drives--as long as there's only one or two DVDs to mail.
  5. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    That, too. DVD's and especially BluRay, aren't dead yet. :D
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