Figure I'd throw my opinion in since we all have a say.
The lure of Bluray for storage for me pretty much died with the inexpensive flash drive. For anything bigger than a couple megs I used to burn a CD/DVD for, now I just lend a friend a 4/8/16/32GB flash stick and get it back at a later time. They are large and cheap enough now that it's not the end of the world if it gets damaged (I've had them go through the wash in my jeans and they keep on kicking!), transfer rates for the USB3 flash drives are faster, and they are smaller and more portable than having to carry around a jewel case. I still am waiting to get an inexpensive good BluRay READER to watch rented movies, but I've been limping along on HD TV, online rentals, and occasional standard DVD from redbox (which REALLY feels crappy after watching all the other programming in high def!).
I have between 500GB and 1TB of family data between my parents and I. Tens of thousands of pictures, thousands of home movies, and everything else under the sun. That data is IRREPLACEABLE. So there is nothing more important to me.
With that said, unless you have a tremendous amount of time on your hands, or very little data (ie under 100-200GB of data) Blu-ray, flash, or any other optical media is just not practical in my opinion.
Like msf who posted a couple of comments above me I trust traditional mechanical hard drives. Not because they are the most inexpensive, not because they are not as long-term as optical media, but because they are the perfect combination of all-in-one-place storage and QUICK duplication.
I have 3 hard drives in my possession. One is on my main system I use day to day. This is the most likely to be damaged due to power spike, computer power supply explosion, or computer virus. I treat this like my scratch drive. There is a VERY short amount of time (1-3 weeks) where if I lost this drive, I would have lost the media forever. Once or twice a month I backup to 2 external drives. These are never plugged in unless backing up, and they are never plugged in at the same exact time (to prevent the trifecta of bad luck where everything gets zapped at once). One of those drives I take and keep locked at work in case my house collapses or a thief steals everything.
To complete my paranoia about 3 times a year I take one of my external drives to my parents house and do a complete backup to one of their systems. I never expect to need this data, but it is in a different area code, so unless the sea swallows the entire east coast (thanks for the try Sandy), there is virtually no way I will ever lose a single BIT of data.
I can delete pictures/movies with a single click. Modify, update, rearrange, compress, encrypt, whatever I want to do and it is all done real time. No re-burning a disk because my sis is no longer with her ex-bf and we don't want to see his picture again. Poof! He's gone forever.
Total cost for those 3 drives was under $200, and I will not keep them more than 5-10 years. Backup times are a couple hours since I am still on a USB 2.0 computer system with 2 of my 3 drives being USB2.0. Once I rebuild my computer next year and phase out the drives backup time will be in minutes instead of hours. No biggie though, since I just click everything over and go watch a movie. I don't have to burn stacks of disks, check for coasters, deal with organization, and hope I don't get a fleck of sand on the disk and trash it. Just drag and drop and get on with life.
If I had only 50GB of files I'd absolutely be fine with physical media, but once you enter the hundreds of GB of data it just is not worth it IMO.
Eh, I just don't have nearly the amount of irreplaceable data as some of the people in this thread so two backup drives and cloud storage for critical files is working for me right now, but I still think this is a pretty useful deal.
Like most people, I have a collection of videos and other media that isn't critical and that I don't need to access quickly but would be a pain in the ass to have to acquire again (old Disney movies and cartoons I downloaded for when kids are over). Those files aren't valuable enough to be sitting around on even my backup drives taking up precious memory space, so I'd just as soon burn them off to blu-ray in batches where they can sit in a little stack next to my books for whenever (if ever) I need them again. Doing this should let me keep on with my current hard drives instead of having to upgrade sizes every year because I filled up everything with movies and shows I'll maybe watch once every 5 years.
I just need a blu-ray drive, the burner is not needed. What price should I hold out for?
I was thinking the same thing but I found that the price difference between bluray Burner and player is about $10. IMO, you might as well get the burner. My DVD burner is failing so im going this route. I missed this deal cuz i hesitated and now I'm hoping BF has a $50 or less blu ray burner with no rebate.
If you answer my questions i will rep. I imagine you will do the same
Come on guys 10 seconds to just add when the promo code expires if it's known and if a deal is a shell shocker, a 24 hr, 48 hr, weekend or the duration etc. isn't too much to ask for is it? pretty please.
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