In what way do you utilize re-writeable/re-recordable discs these days?
- (floppy disks.)
- HD-DVD-RW (including all multilayer variants in all list items, if exists).
- (Sony AD/HVD if exists).
I do it for:
- Testing purposes (e.g. trying to play a video file with MP3 codec on a MP3 boombox on CD-RW; readability test by sticking glue to the disc; quality tests with different drives; …).
- Writing cycle tests (by trying to treat it like an USB stick).
- Used for DVD recording and dubbing from VCR.
- Safe writing storage (I see when the drive writes and when not).
- Waterproof USB stick alternative (maybe just a bit slower). Of course, I do use USB sticks, but they are not water-protected as far as I know. SD cards are sometimes water-resistant.
- Bootable discs I need temporarily. Frequently used bootable discs are burned to write-once media of course. Or USB/SD.
- Temporary fail-safe storage. (temporary = data will stay there for a while).
- Redundant backup storage, just in case.
- For car radios with MP3 but no USB/SD (CD-R can also be useful for MP3 copies of original lossless DAE’s. Cheapest solution. €1 USB stick only has 128MB. €0.10/piece CD has 700MB. Portable copies of data, where any loss/degradation would not tragic, rather experimentally interesting.).
- For truly (hardware side) write-protected storage to use (if used) with DVD-ROM drives.
- Going swimming with it. (Is worth just 10 cents anyway. Nothing to lose. Just for fun.) (It actually survived a day at swimming pool without any visible damage or sector errors or disc quality drops.)