Verbatim DVD-R 4.7GB 16x White Inkjet Spindle 50 Pack $19.95 + Delivery ($0 with Prime/ $39 Spend) @ Ezi Office Amazon AU

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priced at $37 in OW https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/verbatim-d...

seemed like a good price after a quick google search.

getting OW price beat would be a real bargain!

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  • +21 votes

    People still have use with these?

  • +5 votes

    What are these things for? Some new modern flat Frisbee design?

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      Still the cheapest way to do hard backups of your photos, emails and documents.
      Make a few copies and keep offsite.

      Cloud and backup HDDs are nice but not a substitute.

      • +9 votes

        Still an average way to store important stuff. A burned CD/DVD doesn't last forever, especially if stored in poor conditions.

      • +6 votes

        Uh yeah, I've tried reading some old discs I had…. didn't go to well.

        Cloud is MUCH better.

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          My photos from way back on DVD!

          I found one disk recently and it read okay, sorry that was from CD, my precious 2M pixel photos.
          Luckily it read okay, copied to HDD.

          I had a bunch of old 4GB-60GB HDD that was not powered on for more than 10yrs.
          Some read okay after I bashed it a few times to make them spin up, some did not. Copied them to a newer HDD too.

          I think Old HDD are worse to get data off. Atleast data recovery tools can read some data off old HDD. If your modern SSD failed you would generally lose it all!

        • +4 votes

          I've never seen optical media as backup medium so don't have any important data on them, but many of my old PS1 backups no longer read. Also, have blank Verbatim CDs sealed in their plastic from like 2004 still and none of them burn correctly. Found that out when I went to burn a few CDs for my new (used) car while I was waiting for a Bluetooth adaptor to rock up, and they all skip even though I burned on the slowest setting.

          • +1 vote

            @BradH13: Yeah I used good discs too. Untouched in cool locations, many were useless.

            I just have my NAS (no raid) with an external backup drive I plug OK occasionally.

            Important small stuff are on cloud storage.

          • +1 vote

            @BradH13: All of my old PS1 backups work perfectly. TDK gold and Mitsui Gold.

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          Cloud is MUCH better.

          Yes, I have everything backed up in my Geocities account.

          The real problem is that "cloud" is overwritable. Same for your external hard drive, unless you have weekly, monthly etc rotations.

    • +1 vote

      Coasters. Stops your furniture being damaged

  • +4 votes

    Cheaper than clay pidgeons.

  • +3 votes

    for people who don't wanna trust the 'cloud' and plan to ship with Space X to Mars for a true off-earth back up solution. lol

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    They make for great coasters

  • +9 votes

    2001 called. They want their DVD’s back.
    But, seriously, this makes me feel nostalgic.

  • +2 votes

    I thought it was a cached deal from a few years ago….lol

  • +2 votes

    16x! This technology has really stagnated lately…

  • +11 votes

    DVD Shrink

  • +2 votes

    PS2 games!

  • +2 votes

    Haven't bought blank DVDs in a good 8 years or so but this was more or less what I'd be paying back then for Sony discs and shit so is this really that good or?

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      so is this really that good or?

      No, likely not.

      The media identification code (MID), which reveals the actual manufacturer for blank optical media, is usually CMC Magnetics for budget Verbatims or some other coaster-manufacturer whose discs will be lucky to last about 6 months before becoming unreadable.

      In the much the same way 5 manufacturers produce all of the display panels used in large-format televisions and most computing monitors; there have only been a handful of optical media manufacturers for DVD and Blu-Ray since those formats debuted, that all of the big optical media brands like Verbatim, Sony or TDK outsource their production to and whose media they re-badge as their own, to the complete obliviousness of most consumers. It's also incredibly hard to tell which discs will have which MID without actually buying them and reading the MID with a disc utility like ImgBurn.

      There's a hierarchy of DVD MIDs from best to worst here, along with a breakdown of the differences between each class of optical media.

      Those Sonys you used to get back in the day were probably manufactured by Mitsubish Chemicals or even the legendary Taiyo Yuden; which are archival-grade quality media, meaning they will burn successfully with no errors virtually every time and will last for decades with proper storage and care. Lower-grade media can fail to burn quite frequently and can suffer from unreadable sectors/CRC read errors even when a burn does complete as well as exhibit compatibility issues with certain players/writers, not to mention cheaper media degrades extremely quickly even with adequate care.

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        Ran into the same thing with tape a few years ago. Amazing how many brands are really the same thing, and the only difference is the price tag.

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    More people should have moved to bluray burning, it stagnated as well as it want as popular and yet you could hold so much data and the speed was pretty decent.

    • +1 vote

      I burnt a lot of DVDs in the past, never got a Bluray burner.
      It never took off I think.

      I remember many years ago, Officeworks dumped selling BR blank disks, I saw them on clearance for $5 for 10, a long time ago.

      • +1 vote

        Bought a Bluray burner, made a 'backup ' of Tron3D.. never used again.

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        I have been using bluray burners for years for backups as they can store so much more. Prices kept dropping for discs and then stopped dropping past a certain point as it just never got popular enough. Such a shame since they could good so much data. Wish I had seen the Officeworks deal would have bought a lot of them

  • +1 vote

    You people have optical drives?

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    Pretty sure I've still got a spindle of several hundred of these unused in a box in the shed. I thought they'd be worthless by now.

    Pretty sure I've got some blank cassette tapes there somewhere too.

    • +1 vote

      My mother in law had tonnes left over from when my wife was there, I just gave them with an old i7 920 or something PC I built in a past life….

      After I binned 100s that were used though

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    Back in the day 'burning' movies and PS1 games

    • +8 votes

      It was CD-R back then baby. two discs for a movie. Take turns who was going to change the disc. Rent 7 playstation games, and return them that afternoon. I recall our Blockbuster sold CD-Rs too, they knew what was going on.

  • +7 votes

    Any good deals on VHS tapes?

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    Discs are still commonly used in education settings with a lot of work submissions needing to be on something not prone to fault. Online submission have size limits so art, music etc still do burn a lot. Not totally useless.

    • +1 vote

      I work at a TAFE. Our teachers don't accept discs or even USB. Everything is submitted online or Dropbox or Google Drive links. Music submitted by YouTube upload link etc.

      Even when I was studying in 2010 we submitted everything through usb stick which was returned back to us or we were asked to save it on a public network folder

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      All music I did was submitted via email or USB and not once did I use a CD during uni.

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      Your music should fit on a floppy disk. You're making mods with your Amiga right?

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    This used to sell for $19 last year at MSY. Now $21. Umart $20

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    I remember buying the Taiyo Yuden/Verbatims at JB Hifi, 20 bucks was a good deal but that was like an eternity ago.

  • +1 vote

    Taiyo Yuden was consider the best. Verbatim is middle ground.

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    whoa i just realized i didnt even notice when the transition to laptops without dvd drives happened.

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    I personally use Bluray discs (100gb) for archival backups, as data is encoded into a metal layer. Then I put them into a sleeve, which is inside a cheap disc storage chest I bought from eBay, which holds hundreds of discs.

    spinning/SSD HDD's be damned.

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      These days data is in 100s of GB, its just too hard to burn onto disk.
      With a 4TB HDD around $100-150, its much easier and faster.

      Who has the time, I used to burn each DVD with verify, the disks had a SFV/MD5 checksum file for each file, which I checked after burning too.

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        I don't know many people who're using huge amounts of data unless they're in some company or a professional photog/video producer etc… For average Joe's, Bluray discs are going to be more reliable for archives of important things/photos/videos etc.

        You wouldn't use a DVD unless it was a type that put data into an inert metal. Though to be fair, well stored dye based data storage holds up pretty well (minimum 10 year storage life).

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    I've got a stack of 1250 of these if anyone wants them

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