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#191196 27-Jan-2016 12:50
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Hey guys.

 

Moving soon and going through draws and what not as you do.

 

I have come across blank CDs + DVDs. The Cd's are 700MB, DVDs are 4.7GB.

 

Im wondering if there's any point in keeping them these days? The CD's especially because of how little they hold. Do people sitll use blank discs in this day and age? I haven't used one for years which makes me think its probably worth throwing out or selling off somewhere to get a few extra $$

 

Plus I have a few USB sticks which hold lots more storage and are smaller in size... I think I just answered my own question really...

 

 

 

Thanks!


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  #1479798 27-Jan-2016 13:00
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My laptop doesnt even have a disc drive.

 

Not to mention i can upload a file to the cloud faster than i can write on a DVD.


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  #1479799 27-Jan-2016 13:00
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Sending things to watch to old people is the only use for DVDs. And I really cant be assed anymore. They can go and replace their dvd player with a cheap bluray one so I can just put it on a cheap nasty slow USB stick that would otherwise be ignored.





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  #1479804 27-Jan-2016 13:06
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I use CDR's still to burn music for the car (new car, havent got round to looking at replacement head unit) and for the kids CD players in their rooms.  DVD's hardly touch now but in saying that, bought a huge amount of them from Whitcoulls recently - think it was $1 for 25 pack.

 

 





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  #1479806 27-Jan-2016 13:08
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After getting the last car, I went straight from the yard to supercheap to get a headdeck and harness to get rid of the stereo that was in it. Cant believe that the last owner put a disc changer into a car in 2007. With no bluetooth or aux in. FFS.





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  #1479810 27-Jan-2016 13:14
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I had to burn a CD with network drivers for my laptop the other day.

 

 

 

Did a clean install of windows 10 (laptop was originally windows 7) and realized there were no default drivers available for network adaptors (wifi or ethernet) or the USB ports (all are USB 3.0). Short of taking the HDD out and loading files onto it on another PC, burning a driver CD was the only way I could think of at the time to get it going.

 

 

 

Outside of that edge case however I haven't burned a disc in years


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  #1479811 27-Jan-2016 13:14
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If you dangle them from pieces of string I believe they make excellent bird repellers. 





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  #1479838 27-Jan-2016 13:26
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xpd: I use CDR's still to burn music for the car... 

 

Yeah, I still do this too. My Japanese import BMW has a single disc slot in the dash and a 6 disc changer in the console between the front seats. From time to time I'll burn some discs of favourite tracks for the changer, particularly if I'm going on a long trip (e.g. Wellington to Auckland and back at Christmas) and know the radio will fade in and out along the way.

 

I bought a bluetooth adapter that I use as well, but I tend to have a smaller selection of tracks/genres on my phone.


 
 
 
 


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  #1479857 27-Jan-2016 13:52
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I wanted to replace one file on an ext4 formatted sdcard for an image that wasn't booting on the pi, live DVD time since I couldnt find any USB sticks lying around.

Tried for ages to get the bios to accept I wanted to boot from DVD.

Time would have been better spent searching the house for the USB stick as that was the only thing I could get working

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  #1479858 27-Jan-2016 13:54
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Actually I did boot a DVD of windows recently when I couldnt manage to get a stupid HP machine to boot off the stick I have in UEFI, just kept booting in legacy and then telling me that I couldnt install on a GPT drive.





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  #1479861 27-Jan-2016 13:59
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CDs are highly recommended for looking at solar eclipses through. I know people who will still only use DVDs because they know what button to push to transfer stuff on the DVR and everyone has something somewhere that is capable of playing them. Personally I haven't used a DVD since I discovered H.264 and flash drives. However, I do keep finding a need for CDs when I have to make a bootable disk from an ISO. I had to do this again just the other day for Memtest. For some reason I can always find a rewriteable CD when I need one, but never an empty USB stick.

 

 





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  #1479867 27-Jan-2016 14:13
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I bought a crapload of otherwise useless slow 4 gig warehouse ones to put bootable things like memtest and clonezilla and gparted live distros on. Little more expensive than discs but I can use them on computers that dont waste space on an optical drive which will never get used.





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  #1479881 27-Jan-2016 14:45
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My son turns them into ninja throwing stars, quite lethal looking. 

 

 


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  #1479925 27-Jan-2016 15:48
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Still good for a second or third backup for important data.






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  #1479941 27-Jan-2016 16:09
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HowickDota:

 

Still good for a second or third backup for important data.

 

 

Given the hassle of dealing with them vs the cost of another external drive that holds terabytes, I would go for the drive every time.





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