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  Reply # 1640879 26-Sep-2016 19:04
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USB drives aren't that expensive. Why not just grab one of those.

 

I'm not sure that optical disks will be obsolete any time soon - niche, but not obsolete.

 

I have about 8TB of media (mostly TV/Film caps and suchlike) that I want to back up permanently and store long-term off site in case my RAID array fails.I add 1-2TB to that each year. 50GB Blu-Rays (or possbly 25GB ones which seem cheaper and safer long-term) are looking like the bast option, given the expense of tape drives.

 

Burning 150-160 disks one-off over a few months, then 20-40 disks a year doesn't seem like a great hardship. Certainly it seems to stack up well against the alternatives. $50-$80 per TB also isn't outrageous. Certainly, I don't want to ever have to restore all the disks and hope never to have to, but at least I have the option with a backup.

 

And I still buy the odd film on Blu Ray - quality is *much* better than streaming.


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  Reply # 1641123 27-Sep-2016 10:47
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JimmyH:

 

I'm not sure that optical disks will be obsolete any time soon - niche, but not obsolete.

 

 

could say the same about floppies  smile

 

In reality, optical disks are becoming obselete now . Obselete , but still available (as are floppies)
Just look at the % of PC's & laptops that no longer have DVD or floppy drives.




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  Reply # 1641139 27-Sep-2016 11:03
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It optical disks are becoming obsolete (and tell the shops still full of them!) what do you see as their replacement?

 

And those of us with them will suddenly never want to play them again ??

 

USB is an alternative - but are they any 'better' ? 

 

 


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  Reply # 1641218 27-Sep-2016 12:43
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Thunderbolt and USB C are the next generation of I/O interfaces. I gave away all of our blank DVD's and CD's at work just last week because we don't use them anymore. 

 

My new test machine in my office does't have a optical drive, I was able to install windows and the required drivers without the use of a optical drive.  




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  Reply # 1641328 27-Sep-2016 16:03
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Computers may see optical disks used less, but for audio/Video they're anything but obsolete.


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  Reply # 1641383 27-Sep-2016 17:11
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Computers may see optical disks used less, but for audio/Video they're anything but obsolete.

 

 

Really? I don't think I know anyone under 50 who's purchased an audio CD or a Bluray/DVD in the last 2 years. 

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1641385 27-Sep-2016 17:19
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We only sell those very cheap LG all in one ...erm ones and haven't had a return in about 2 years.




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  Reply # 1641417 27-Sep-2016 18:29
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Really? I don't think I know anyone under 50 who's purchased an audio CD or a Bluray/DVD in the last 2 years. 

 

And what about ones they're already GOT ?

 

Yes I know, you can rip 'em to hard drive.  In which case go back to msg #1.


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  Reply # 1641512 27-Sep-2016 23:11
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And what about ones they're already GOT ?

 

Yes I know, you can rip 'em to hard drive.  In which case go back to msg #1.

 

 

I still own lots of things on said physical media, somewhere packed away in a box. If I want to watch some of said content, I just torrent it. It's faster than trying to find the media and hook up a drive.





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