Optical Disc Prices May Rise 50 Percent Next Year

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AFDozerman

I was planning to switch to optical discs to augment my home server. Maybe I should start looking in other directions....

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

"Most Ultrabooks don't even ship with an optical drive...."

Because they're overpriced shit boxes marketed to the faux turtleneck crowd.

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Gezzer

Just wondering... how long is unused cd/dvd/blu media good for?

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Baer

Depending on the quality (you get what you pay for and cheapies use less stable photofugitive or phototropic ink/dyes) they should last for many years as long asyou do not keep them in bright light or a hot area.

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PCWolf

I think this might be the stupid Industry thinking we are all embracing Cloud Services, & see no reason to keep making Blanks DVD-/+R's So they now want to bring back Blank Media prices from 2001.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Cloud services. Yeah, you should pay someone else to access your data....

Fish, meet hook.

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AFDozerman

AES256 prior to uploading = problem solved. Still don't trust it though; they may not be able to see my data, but they can sure as hell lose it.

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bobthegoat2001

@RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Buying optical media, hard drives, flash memory or paying someone else to access your data; what's the difference?

I kind of like local backups along with online backups located somewhere else. I also kind of like being able to have access to files whether on my desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone (thanks Dropbox!). Though I do also use another service that I do pay for, for unlimited online backup storage (which I can also access from my desktop, laptop, tablet, etc.).

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pastorbob

Local redundant backups to a standalone server (or two) top the Cloud or optical media for speed, security and reliability.

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whr4usa

virtualization is an amazing thing.

in the next couple years, with several thousand USD investment I'll have a microdatacenter functionally and technically equivalent with most major cloud, corporate datacenters (expect for scale, capacity and profit obviously) with only 3 physical systems, eventually several times that across multiple sites (not sufficiently geographically dispersed just enough to be on seperate powergrids!)

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Peanut Fox

There is the competition of external storage. USB speeds are much faster, and hard drive space is prolific. I'd wager that most users have moved on to that as a storage medium instead of an optical disc.

Unless you're making a disc for a dedicated player or console, why bother with an optical disc?

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robertking82881

why would you use disk today...?

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bobthegoat2001

I agree with robertking82881. Yeah, optical media does store more than a floppy disk, but optical media is still very limited on storage. It's not necessarily the fastest method either. I can download my files about the same speed as transferring files off my optical discs (about 2.5megabytes per second)

It's kind of a hassle to burn 2tb of data (which is what I have) on a whole bunch of DVD-R's. Then you have to worry about reliability of the discs, which I've been running into bad ones a lot lately.

Having an online backup does have it's perks. I can just set it up to backup and let it go. DVD's I have to compile, burn, wait for it to get done, compile another, burn, wait, rinse and repeat (4.2gb at a time). It's very time consuming since I have to monitor and interact with the whole process.

Then once the burned DVD's start piling up, it makes it harder to find the disc(s) your looking for also (I've got thousands). I got to the point to where I store the discs in paper envelopes, in boxes now.

Plus I can have access to the files online from anywhere from my laptop, desktop, tablet and smartphone. No need to carry discs or storage with me. Dropbox is pretty helpful too; I can do my school work at school on my (small 12") laptop, then finish it on my desktop with dual 28" monitors.

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PCWolf

Because Uploading Gigs & Gigs of data to a Cloud Server when you only have 1m Upload Speeds is Beyond STUPID.

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JohnnyCNote

Watching movies on a stand-alone player; distributing software; backup; lots of reasons

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TrollBot5000

Hmmmmm. That's not good. I still use dvds for making xvid discs for my parents dvd player and burn music cds for my buddy since his car cd player can't read mp3 discs. Hopefully there wont be a price raise at Big Lots thats where I get all my blank media. They have Philips stuff there and I've never had one burn failure so it's an excellent place to save a few bucks on dvds/cds.

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pastorbob

Love Big Lots!

+1

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USraging

I have heard of talk in the past about using HC-SD as a alternative to optical technology. i wonder if that can be shown light. Or another form of media based on EPROM memory also referred sometimes to flash or thumb drives. But these are wakey crazy idea's! I mean who wants to be able to erase and reuses their media?

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Hey.That_Dude

You do know what EPROM means right?
Here's a hint, if you don't want to erase your EPROM then don't put it in sunlight... or don't put an erasing crystal next to the silicon.
Or perhaps you just forgot an 'E' and meant EEPROM, which is easily erased via ELECTRICAL charge (hence the second E). In which case, use EPROM. It's harder to erase.

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firefox91

I've had the same small stack of CDs and DVDs for a while now. Considering how much I use them, I'm not really worried. Hell, I spend more on peanut butter than I do on optical media.

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gothliciouz

i want blurays but they're too expensive, anyone knows a good deal?(reliable brand))

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TommM

Supermediastore.com is a great place to buy blank media at excellent prices. Blank blu-ray media is pricey no matter where you go though:

http://www.supermediastore.com/

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Kindredsouls

I've always found Verbatim- brand disks to be high quality.

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jbwhite99

Be careful with Verbatim disks - a lot of stores are marketing LTH blu-Ray disks - I thought buying Verbatim LTH disks would be a good idea (20 for $14.99 at Tiger Direct retail). I took them back after I read about LTH.

I'll second the recommendation on Super Media Store - just make sure you spend $50 or get free shipping - they charge a ton for shipping. Also, check out NewEgg for specials every once in a while.

Anything I want to keep (not counting CDs I burn for the car), I use Taiyo Yuden.

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pastorbob

Good information. Thanks for the heads-up. I use DVD blanks for a number of projects and I am running low. Time to place an order!

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whr4usa

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this is a useful story, MaxPC!!

welcome back!!

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Gezzer

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That was an insightful comment!

ur welcome, lol

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whr4usa

thank you sir! lol.

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