- Sep 1, 2010
I still use them here and there, although very rarely and only when I have no other choice or there's a compatibility issue.
Yeah, I just ripped a bunch of DVDs to my home server a few weeks ago. Just about all I use the BluRay drive for these days. I went all digital around 2015. It was a long process of slowly migrating, ripping and building the support and backup required when going that route.I have an external blu ray and 4K UHD blu ray drive. I use it to rip my discs to my NAS. Otherwise, I have no use for optical drives.
It's not quite that simple with commercial DVD playback either; I've seen Windows boxes refuse to play a DVD in say WMP, to which the relatively easy response is to install VLC. I do agree that BR playback is relatively speaking far more annoying though. I use the Leawo free player on Windows; the only irritation there is the advert you see when you pause playback, but other than that it works.I have a Bluray DL writter on USB.
Its one of those external 5 1/4 version.
I hate the laptop version writers with prejudice.
Honestly the blueray reader/writer has to be one of the most stupidest optical format i have ever had.
Because at least on a DVD writter, if you threw in a DVD movie, it would play via media player without anything else required.
No codec, no audio drivers.
Bluray you need a player.
There are hardly any free BR players, all of them you need to purchase a license.
This has me stumped silly, why they would do that, because the software to rip the BR is free which you can play on media player classic.
As much as I do not advise piracy, it feels like BR was setup for it before it even hit retail because of that structure.
They got stuff backwards when trying to paywall burners.
You paywall the Ripping software.
You freeware the player.
There is another reason for buying content on disc. It can't suddenly be censored, reworked or revoked based on the morals-of-the-day.Out of curiosity I just read a bit about HD DVD on wiki and apparently it was no better, still the same stupid DRM stuff. I don't imagine there will be enough pushback to ensure a freer successor to BR unless movie streaming went into decline, specifically for "I bought it, I own it" reasons (I guess a massive class action lawsuit resulting from a big streaming provider suddenly deciding that users aren't allowed to access content they've previously 'online purchased'). Even then, industry heavyweights would still need to acknowledge that BR DRM was a failure, which usually makes such people think, "we'll DRM even harder now!".
I'm quite surprised at the poll results so far. My impression of people on this forum led me to believe the result would be 75% no optical drive.
Nah PC enthusiast like me always have something incase of emergency.
Like i have a PATA 200GB drive.
A 3.5 Floppy drive. - Several 3.5 Floppys incase.
A Original IOMega Zip Drive.
A Optical drive - because you never know when a family member brings you a optical disk
I even have a AGP card in a static bag, but i do not know if it still works.
I can't get myself to throw it away, because its a Voodoo 3.
The reason for my comment is that when I've started topics that reference optical storage (like a backups thread I created, or a 'picking a new case' thread), a common reaction tends to be along the lines of "you still have optical... really?", hence my surprise.
Have you got any floppies to go in it though!
I have a Dell internal 3.5in laptop drive that has a micro-USB connection on the back of it for external usage. I think the previous sentence falls under "how do you know I'm over 40 without me telling you I'm over 40".
"how do you know I'm over 40 without me telling you I'm over 40".
Yes, sadly I do. It's more reliable/quicker/easier to use than Rufus for me.
Good news, it's easy to get a 5.25" floppy drive onto a USB connection.