It’s been 7 years since I stopped actively burning DVDs.
In the meantime I kept loosing data as my hard disks kept failing one after another. So I decided to get back to optical storage. But this time the game is upped: it’s much more expensive and discs and burners are harder to obtain. The bottom line is, nobody is burning discs anymore.
Do you think that Blu-ray data backup has any future? Are you preferring this way of back up to hard disks?
The way I see it is:
- DVDs have never failed me, I have hundreds of DVDs burned and they work.
- hard disks are extremely unreliable storage, even if you use them in RAID (computer case can fall over, lightning can strike and burn components, bad PSU can induce hard drive failure…). The risks with fragile hard drives are just too great, plus nowadays hard disk quality is worse than ever.
- price of hard disks still isn’t falling. They’re making greater capacities - yes, but smaller capacity disks never drop the price. In my country, the prices for 1TB drives are even higher than before the flood.
- cloud storage requires you to rent it on monthly basis which I can’t imagine doing and it also requires high upload speeds.
My reason tells me that bluray backup is the most viable option for me but there’s a doubt that this format will be even less available as time goes by.
It’s as if hard drive manufacturers, cloud storage providers and Sony have joined to make personal storage more unattractive than ever. Personally hosted data backup is in crisis.
What’s your take on this?