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Asus ZenDrive Ultra-Slim 8x USB 2.0 External CD/DVD Burner for $9.99 AR, 50-Pack RiDATA 25 GB 4X Inkjet Printable BD-R Media Spindle for $14.99 AC + S&H & More @ Newegg.com

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Last Edited by jersharocks August 1, 2016 at 07:34 AM
Hey guys,

I didn't see this posted, so I thought I'd share.

External USB 2.0 CD/DVD Burners:This item is also Premier and Shop Runner eligible.

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who still buy CD-R?
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who still buy CD-R?
Burn a mp3 disk to play in the car?
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I bought an external optical drive for my new laptop last year...I have yet to use it!
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I bought an external optical drive for my new laptop last year...I have yet to use it!
My desktop doesn't have an optical drive.

A couple months ago, I needed to get some files off of old backups and mail a video to someone (too big to upload), so I finally bought an external optical drive that will work for the desktop and all the house's laptops. I don't think it would be worth buying without a clear purpose. I no longer recommend people include DVD drives in new desktop builds.

How good is this BD-R price? I don't have a blu ray burner, but I'm thinking about getting one.
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How good is this BD-R price? I don't have a blu ray burner, but I'm thinking about getting one.
Price is good, however, about a week ago, they ran 6x compatible media: HERE for the same price.

I personally prefer the Optical Quantum discs, but RiData is fine too.
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Price is good, however, about a week ago, they ran 6x compatible media: HERE for the same price.

I personally prefer the Optical Quantum discs, but RiData is fine too.
Thanks for the info. Any idea how to tell high-to-low (HTL) discs from LTH? I've heard that I should be looking for gray/silver dye instead of blue/purple. But that's hard to tell before a purchase. I can't seem to figure out key words to search with on Newegg or Amazon to find HTL discs. Thanks.
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Thanks for the info. Any idea how to tell high-to-low (HTL) discs from LTH? I've heard that I should be looking for gray/silver dye instead of blue/purple. But that's hard to tell before a purchase. I can't seem to figure out key words to search with on Newegg or Amazon to find HTL discs. Thanks.
That's a difficult question, but I'm fairly certain most of the media you're going to see on sale at Newegg is LTH, that's why you can get the BD-R's in your hand for $0.30 per disc.

If you want high-quality, archival grade HTL BD-R media... you will have to pay a premium. I'm pretty sure that Digistor sells HTL BD-Rs here: LINK [digistor.com]

Here's a good discussion [myce.com] about it. Seems like a lot of ambiguity with companies mixing in other dyes, etc.

In all honesty, I don't know what you're burning, but I haven't had any issues in 5+ years on any of the BD-R media I've burnt (mostly movies).
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That's a difficult question, but I'm fairly certain most of the media you're going to see on sale at Newegg is LTH, that's why you can get the BD-R's in your hand for $0.30 per disc.

If you want high-quality, archival grade HTL BD-R media... you will have to pay a premium. I'm pretty sure that Digistor sells HTL BD-Rs here: LINK [digistor.com]

Here's a good discussion [myce.com] about it. Seems like a lot of ambiguity with companies mixing in other dyes, etc.

In all honesty, I don't know what you're burning, but I haven't had any issues in 5+ years on any of the BD-R media I've burnt (mostly movies).
Thanks for the tips. It looks like I'll go with LTH for now.

I do archival backups of all photos. I've got all my [good] photos I've taken since high school (2003) still and pretty much only because I backed up to CD (2003-2005) and DVD (2005-2008). I haven't backed up anything since then, but might get back into it if discs were 25GB instead of 4.7GB.

It seems like all backups I made in 2003 are still in good shape. But I'm definitely looking to re-burn some of it.
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Burn a mp3 disk to play in the car?
USB my friend
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USB my friend
I'd wager a LOT more people have cars that can play either audio CDs or MP3 CDs than can play off a USB drive.
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Thanks for the tips. It looks like I'll go with LTH for now.

I do archival backups of all photos. I've got all my [good] photos I've taken since high school (2003) still and pretty much only because I backed up to CD (2003-2005) and DVD (2005-2008). I haven't backed up anything since then, but might get back into it if discs were 25GB instead of 4.7GB.

It seems like all backups I made in 2003 are still in good shape. But I'm definitely looking to re-burn some of it.
Those CD-Rs from 2003 are really pushing their lifetime I would think. If my Googling was correct the "average" lifetime of real world CDRs has been about 10 years. Have you looked at any kind of cloud backup service as an alternative?
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who still buy CD-R?
you not got game

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I'd wager a LOT more people have cars that can play either audio CDs or MP3 CDs than can play off a USB drive.
That is true in US since the average age of car on the road is ~10 years.
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USB my friend
If I have a USB drive with music and I shove it up your rear end, will you start singing the music stored on the USB drive?
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who still buy CD-R?
I do and prefer it to MP3
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