[QUOTE=deanwitty;2659001]Hey Domi, thank you for bringing this to the front
Judging by our members’ posts, there are quite a lot of people buying HTL BD-R. In the US, HTL BD-R are by far the cheapest available. The situation is a bit different in other countries, where LTH can be among the cheapest.
Some of us will undoubtedly continue to use optical media as a second or third tier for archival storage. And we are most certainly anxious for any news on their longevity.
@tmc8080: I don’t think that you’re keeping up with BD-R prices. Currently you can get those long lasting Panasonic BD-R for $.07/GB, making the price per GB lower than HDD and an attractive option. Far lower than the $.33/GB cost of archival grade DVD-R. In fact you’re getting 1TB of high quality BD-R for $70.00. Looks darn good to me. And the advantage of reduced shelf space required by BD-R vs DVD-R just sweetens the deal.[/QUOTE]
The prices for HDD’s have obviously fluctuated… the PRE FLOOD street price for a 1tb hard drive was as LOW as $50… now you can only find 500gb hard drives around this price range… people forgot this price range… while blu rays were about $1 per disc or 4 cents per gb… and I believe at the time, HTL discs were about double… or $2 per disc / 8 cents per gb… (new prices range to 4c - 5c/gb to 5-10c for HTL). so hard drives WERE a better deal… which stunted blu ray use for archival backup. Eventually the lines will cross again and HDD capcity will be cheaper than discs. There are very few makers of HTL discs… Verbatim doesn’t clearly push HTL discs.
I think I’d trust a decent hard drive for 5 years of use over 40 blu ray LTH discs. The inorganic dyes ued in HTL haven’t been in use long eneough to determine their actual longevity. Maybe another 2-4 years could tell more if consumers buy more HTL, which they haven’t yet.