The sheer amount of (burned) DVD spindles in my shelves are starting to make me uncomfortable, so I am thinking about going BR for my archiving needs. In the long term, I’m aiming to burn al those terabytes to BR disks, but now I am facing some issues I don’t have the slightest idea of.
At first sight, it seems that the BR technology is still very green. From what I have seen there is no consensus about which media are reliable for long term backups and such critical stuff. But I guess that BR is the future, so the sooner I’ll start with it the better I’ll be.
So, the questions:
First, what is a good drive to start with? As I burn from time to time, I do it quite intensely, burning lots of data in periods of maybe 3 o 4 days I devote almost entirely to burning. Following the advice I got from here back in the day, I have been using 2 DVD writers sharing the burning and verifying duties and I’ve been very happy with that.
As BR burners aren’t exactly cheap, I am buying by now just a single drive. Besides the average LGs, I am eyeing 2 burners: Pioneer BDR-207DBK and Liteon iHBS112. I’m not interested in quality scans and stuff like that. I just burn, verify (ImgBurn) and store. I just want good, reliable and durable burns. Which one should I pick?
Second, the media. It seems that Verbatim (which is what I have been using for years in DVD) isn’t what it used to be, and reading that LTH stuff made me sick. From what I have been reading, good media for long term backups seem to be SONY…NN3 blanks (I’d buy them from here). Are these reliable? Can I trust them or should I look elsewhere? Really, I am lost and clueless here. BTW, I’m an eurofag, so no Falcons near me.
Third, the burning speed. I used to burn DVDs at 4x, but I was told that, with faster rated media, I should burn faster, which I’ve been happily and issue-free doing for years.
It meant going from 5 MB/ (at 4x) to 11 MB/s, which seemed OK for my computer. But I’ve seen that BR burns at 4x (18 MB/s) achieve more quality than burns at 2x (9 MB/s), which is the rough equivalent to my current 8x DVD speed.
Problem is that I don’t know if my HDDs would be able to feed data to the burner at such (4x) rate. They are regular SATA II HDDs hooked to my aging computer (a P35 chipset-based board run by a Core2Duo E6750). Will the HDDs be OK feeding a BR burner working at 4x or will they struggle giving me buffer issues that hinder recording quality?