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    Backup woes.. Blank Blu ray pricing?

    Currently I reckon it's about 50pence for 25gb of DVDs, £3.50 for 25gb of Bluray.
    Will blank BDs be halving in price any time soon, if ever?

    I can't see myself backing up a 1TB drive to 200-250 DVDs lol, too much work.

    I have a 1tb drive backed up to a 1tb drive, but when I want more storage I need a cheaper solution than buying 2x more 1tb drives, discs are also more secure of course.

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    Re: Backup woes.. Blank Blu ray pricing?

    In the same boat as you to be honest, waiting until 50GB Blurays are affordable and then I'll probably back up everything I have onto them - until that point though, I'll be sticking with hard drives. It's much more of a pain, but there's no way I'm paying the prices currently quoted for a Bluray writer and the disks.

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    Re: Backup woes.. Blank Blu ray pricing?

    I just realized, 2.0TB drives are already at $299.. will surely half in price soon enough, will need an optical solution badly .

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    Re: Backup woes.. Blank Blu ray pricing?

    If you want a good value backup solution, ignore 2TB drives, 1TBs are the best value at the moment, with 1.5TB a little bit behind that.

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    Re: Backup woes.. Blank Blu ray pricing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    If you want a good value backup solution, ignore 2TB drives, 1TBs are the best value at the moment, with 1.5TB a little bit behind that.
    indeed.

    I only want to hold 2 HDDs (1 redundant backup) beyond that I have to use optical discs and 4gb DVDs are not big enough. also I don't like having my only backup of my main data as 1 single fragile hard disk.

    1tb = 200-250 dvds

    i'll be tolerating the lack of proper backup until bluray gets cheap enough...

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    Re: Backup woes.. Blank Blu ray pricing?

    Use dual-layer DVDs? 10pack currently as cheap as 4.19 on ebuyer... not ideal in the longer term but it'd half your disk swapping now

    Or, what about using a single HD for irregular full backups and doing incrementals to Optical media?

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    Re: Backup woes.. Blank Blu ray pricing?

    http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=18811

    Its same price as DVD's:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/25pcs...-Printable-240 min - £21 for ~210GB storage, so to back up 1TB that's 5 packs, so £103.45 to backup everything, alternately 2*1TB drives at £51.82, one for data the other backup comes in at £103.64, and a lot less effot
    Last edited by Will404; 10-06-2009 at 02:08 PM.

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    Re: Backup woes.. Blank Blu ray pricing?

    A NAS is worth considering. You call optical media more secure but it isn't without it's faults. For example, I found a CD I made a few years back (maybe about 5) and tried to play it. Beyond 30 seconds it was unplayable. I'll admit I didn't store it very well but if you insist on backing up to optical media, make sure you buy high quality and store it well. However, if you handle a HDD carefully and store it somewhere it won't get knocked about you will get much more storage taking up less space and you have the advantage of re-use so you can delete older backups. You could use DVD+-RWs but they're very expensive and usually very slow to burn.

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