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Question Blu-ray writers are they worth it, what alternatives?

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BarkingGhostar

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Part of this is probably because Sony, the developer of the storage platform and by use of storing its movies on them, has left the organization. It is, for lack of any other words, a dying technology. Sony is fully invested in the world's ability to stream its content.
 

mikeford

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Everything now is moving toward "the cloud", and I don't trust it. OTOH I hear G5 bandwidth will be a game changer, so could be cloud and streaming soon for everybody.
 

Fallen Kell

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encrypt and backup to cloud.
You expect some cloud service to still exist in 10 or 20 years from now? If you go by past president, if/when the companies that offer these "free" (and even paid for) services fold up shop because it is not profitable enough, people simply loss everything stored there, many times without any warning (because giving a warning tells potential investors that things are getting bad/desperate and they don't want to throw money at a sinking ship).
 
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Fallen Kell

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Network Attached Storage (aka NAS) ? Cheap, low power, with vendor support including security updates , TB worth of storage , easy accessible with full ecosystem behind them. QNAP and Synology are known leaders in this space..
For some people this might be fine. However, it is subject to attack from bad actors/viruses/ransomeware. If you want true long term storage, tape archive or optical media is still the way to go, as this lets you move them to a different site (in case of fire/flood/tornado/earthquake/disaster) such as a bank safety deposit box, where you can easily keep TB's of data secure and unable to be easily destroyed/altered (and if you are really paranoid, multiple copies at multiple locations).
 
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sdifox

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You expect some cloud service to still exist in 10 or 20 years from now? If you go by past president, if/when the companies that offer these "free" (and even paid for) services fold up shop because it is not profitable enough, people simply loss everything stored there, many times without any warning (because giving a warning tells potential investors that things are getting bad/desperate and they don't want to throw money at a sinking ship).
Then physical plus cloud. You are supposed to have multiple backup anyway
 
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mikeford

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Is there still any viable tape format? Was there ever?

Paranoid reliability is some combination of mirrored drives, incremental saves, ideally a keystroke level of infinite undo and undo undo, and rotation of mirrors in an offsite queue. Add to that archiving permanently and replacing oldest drive in the remote queue.
 

right_to_know

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USB external writers I just put a powerbank on the second USB "power" cable.

Fry's I think had 128GB thumb drives for about $25 in the latest sales flyer, for the most part that kills the idea burning data on a disc. All the smaller stuff goes on a thumb, and we have 10TB of disc, only practical backup is to mirror it to other drives.
The benefits of writing and reading data seems to point to solid state solutions and not optical or magnetic.
I have heard that those forms of data storage lose their charge eventually and start dropping data.
Is there something like a solar powered trickle charge to help avoid this problem?
 

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