My friend works in media and she has been backing up on DVD+/-R discs now for years (my chosen burners, my chosen media).
Due to increased media sizes, this has now become too cumbersome.
I recommended moving to BD-R (SL or DL discs for now, perhaps TL/QL discs later, if the prices go down and quality up).
She's on a classic Mac Pro (2008, OS X 10.11), with internal P-ATA drives (currently DVD-RW drives), thus she needs an external USB 3.0 writer/burner (controller card already bought).
Now, which one of the following would the knowledgeable people here at CDfreaks.... eerrr Myce, recommend?
LG BE14NU40 USB 3.0
+ M-Disc support
+ BDXL up to 128GB support
- released in 2012, last firmware update from 2014 (probably not getting any more)
Buffalo BRXL-16U3- EU USB 3.0
+ BDXL support
- No M-Disc support
? Either LG BH16NS48 OR Pioneer BDR-209M inside - seems to be a crapshoot
- No firmware updates, cross-flashing seems to be difficult
Pioneer BDR-XS06 USB 3.0
+ BDXL support
+ latest release of them all
+ Has Mac drive utilities
+ latest firmware and looking at Pioneer's history, most likely to still get some updates
- No M-Disc
(Actually, I've already ordered one from Japan to play with, myself)
Why I demand BDXL support, even if she never starts burning on BDXL speeds? Because BDXL requires tighter tolerances, thus making it more likely the drive behaves better also on BD-SL and BD-DL burns/reads.
Speed is not an issue. All discs will be burned at 2x maxium speed. Only quality (Panasonic, Made in Japan) media will be used (BD-R SL and DL). No ripping, no region locking needs. Pure archival storage and retrieval.
Which one would you pick and why?
Or is there another alternative I've missed?
Of course, one option would be to buy internal LG BH16NS55 or Pioneer BDR-09 series and put it inside an enclosure with a good SATA-USB 3.0 bridge. However, I'm having trouble locating reliable and decent prices enclosures inside EU for such use.