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Good morning, myce! It is time to check out this week’s in-store media roundup.

Best Buy: Memorex 16x +R and -R 50 packs, $ 12.99

Office Max: Memorex 16x +R and -R 50 packs, $ 12.99

Office Max: Memorex 52x CD-R 700mb 50 packs, $ 9.99

Staples: Memorex 16x +R and -R 50 packs, $ 12.99

Staples: Memorex 16x +R and -R 100 packs, $ 19.99

Staples: Memorex 52x CD-R 700mb 100 packs, $ 12.99

Staples: Memorex 52x CD-R 700mb 50 packs, $ 8.99

Office Depot: Memorex 16x +R and -R 100 packs, $ 22.99

Office Depot: Memorex 52x CD-R 700mb 100 packs, $ 12.99

Radio Shack: TDK 16x +R and -R 50 packs, $ 10.99

Radio Shack: TDK 52x CD-R 700mb 100 packs, $ 12.99

Walgreens: Sony 48x CD-R 700mb 10 pack with jewel cases, $ 4.99

Walgreens: Sony 16x +R and -R 15 packs, $ 4.99

Fry’s: Verbatim Non-AZO Life 16x +R and -R 100 packs, $ 12.99

Fry’s: Maxell 52x CD-R 700mb 100 packs, $ 12.99

Thanks Dalen
YeeHaw Memowrecks:bigsmile:

Thanks Dude!

[QUOTE=jamescooley1;2568326]Thanks Dalen
YeeHaw Memowrecks:bigsmile:[/QUOTE]

Yieh–Ha! :cowboy:

Thank you Dalen.

nowadays it’s getting to the point where it’s actually cheaper to buy a hard drive in a ‘price per GB’ level which was one of the few advantages recordable media had over hard drives but that’s pretty much gone now.

for example… i just ordered a 2TB Samsung F4 (3 667GB platter) 5400RPM Hard drive for $79.99 out the door (it should be here tomorrow. price is back up to $99.99 at the time i write this) and your typical good deals for a 100 pack of Verbatim DVD-R (or +R) typically is $19.99 for a 100 pack which if you get 4 100 pack’s that would basically be same price as that 2TB hard drive (i.e. $80) i got and only 1880GB (for the DVD recordable discs) vs 2000GB on the hard drive.

so as you can see it’s typically cheaper nowadays to get a Hard Drive for data backup since 2TB hard drives are much more affordable now. i know in a way DVD’s are still nice because you can’t accidentally delete data from them like you possibly could from a hard drive etc, but in general one of the major advantages of using recordable media is now gone which was ‘price per GB’.

p.s. even at the hard drives current price of $99.99 at the time i type this message is still typically better than recordable media since newegg’s average price of Verbatim’s is probably close to $25 so even at $99.99 the hard drive offers more for your money strictly on a ‘price per GB’ level.

[QUOTE=NBR;2568883]i just ordered a 2TB Samsung F4 (3 667GB platter) 5400RPM Hard drive for $79.99 out the door (it should be here tomorrow. price is back up to $99.99 at the time i write this) and your typical good deals for a 100 pack of Verbatim DVD-R (or +R) typically is $19.99 for a 100 pack which if you get 4 100 pack’s that would basically be same price as that 2TB hard drive (i.e. $80) i got and only 1880GB (for the DVD recordable discs) vs 2000GB on the hard drive.[/QUOTE]
I recently snagged a 2TB Samsung for the same reason. However, I think blank DVD manufacturers are realizing this is happening.

Starting in November, the $20 price point for a 100-pack spindle has been shattered. Are they Verbs? No. But I ended up getting 800 DVD+Rs for $79.92 over the holiday season ($9.99 each). This week, Fry’s has them for $12.99. I still have hundreds of high-quality blanks, but for one-off purposes, I’d never pay $20 for a spindle again, absent any serious inflation.

Also over the holidays, I picked up four 25-packs of BD-Rs for $19.99 apiece. Cost per GB on the DVDs was 2.13 cents, and on the BDs, 3.2 cents – the HDD, 4 cents. After losing as many HDDs as I have in the past 18 months, the no-moving-parts advantage just adds to that.

There are advantages to HDDs of course, but to place put cheap ones up against high-quality blanks is an apples-to-oranges comparison.

FYI for those who posted earlier about purchasing a Samsung HD204UI (F4 2TB). Please make sure you patch the firmware in case you use any smart monitoring tools (or just to be safe). Otherwise you risk data corruption/bad blocks. A scan test using ESTools or WD Lifeguard tools, etc. wont show this problem.

See Samsung F4 firmware patch and Sourceforge article

The firmware version number won’t change (I don’t know what Samsung is thinking here). All you get is “download completed” so you have no way to know if your newly purchashed drive has its firmware patched or not.

BTW - the instructions from Samsung SUCK (connect to primary/master!? - it’s SATA, NOT IDE!!! :doh:). Make sure your bios is set to IDE and not ACHI or RAID before booting in DOS/patching. Yes you must boot in DOS to patch (and run ESTools which is even worse). Pure fail by Samsung IMO on that. Finally please remember to power off [U]completely[/U] after running the patch - do NOT just restart. I turned off the power supply as well after each patch.

Hope this helps :bigsmile: