I've read quite a few threads in here and elsewhere and haven't really found the answer I was looking for. I've decided I will be backing up a lot of basic data as "data" on empty Blu Ray discs but the only really complete guide I can find on burning Blu Ray's is for Video's (BDMV etc..).
I'm wondering, is it gonna be possible for me to just create a basic ISO with all the data I have (under 23.3 gb's) and burn it with Imgburn? In Imgburn will I have to change the UDF(2.50) settings for it since it's not a Video Disc? These discs will obviously not be played in a Blu Ray player so I'm not worried about compatibility. I've noticed the drag-n-drop capability of Imgburn but I think thats for BDMV and certificate folders only (Video).
I've noticed a few threads around that say "Windows" has it's own built-in feature that let's you burn Blu Ray data through Explorer. What apps other than Imgburn are successful in doing Blu Ray data burns? Imgburn is obviously the preferred "Video" method but data is another story...any ideas/suggestions?
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You don't have to create an ISO, use write files/folders to disc in ImgBurn. Drag and drop or copy/paste. Don't worry about changing disc format from UDF 2.5, it will burn and read fine on your computer.Pull! Bang! Darn!
Why backup to BlueRay disks anyway? Who knows how long a blueray disk will last or what hardware can read them in 20 years? Backup to a external drive. If important data then backup to two external drives. I propose that Hard drives will be around long after Blue ray is dead and you will be using Holographic drives or SSD's or some other unheard of technology yet to be discovered.
thanks for the input guys...much appreciated
Smurf, have u done any error/PIF scanning on Blu Rays? How did they turn out after using CdBurnerXp etc
Thanks for the simple tutorial fritzi93. That UDF 2.50 set I assumed was for all BR discs, not just "Video" discs. Had no idea it wasn't necessary for reading these BR discs on a PC.
My main goal is to pack in 5 to 6 dvd-5's worth of data on 1 BR and save a whole lotta space
Why backup to BlueRay disks anyway
I often store MPeg2 TS TV capture files to Blu-Ray without authoring. These play directly on my Sony BD player or on computers with BD drives.
Others I just store to the NAS and play back off the net.Recommends: Kiva.org - Loans that change lives.
I store my BD>MKV conversions on BD 25 discs as data for backup purposes, same with DVD>MKV conversions. (In case of HDD failure on my server) Works with no problems. I also use ImgBurn for that. The Verbatim BD discs I use are actually cheaper per MB of storage than the VB DVD DL discs.
Be aware that a 25GB BD disc only holds about 23.3GB of data, so size your files accordingly for the best fit.
yeah I noticed when I started thinking about doing this that the price per disc was equal or cheaper in some cases to blank dvd's....for instance...lets say u can store up to maybe....6 not completely full dvd5's to a BD-25...the average cost per blank dvd when I was gettin em was around 28 to 33 cents a piece...a new Verbatim BD-25 at amazon right now for a 10 pack is $17...do the math and putting 6 on 1 vs. 6 on 6 blank dvd's is about the same cost..the only difference...less discs to use...that's pretty much why I started to head in this direction.
Plus since I built this HTPC I knew I was pretty much gonna be watching almost everything using it so trying this method was a no brainer. Just pop in whatever I want into the BD drive and voila!!!! Now all I can hope for is that this burgeoning BR burning and these new writable discs will last. Dvd's have spoiled us all I think.
This thread is old but it needs some conclusion
blu-ray has advantages. it has that anti scratch coating. IE much more durable than DVD-R
you can get them for around 50cents a pop now onsale as for future proofing. your HARD DRIVE needs a connection. probably usb. so for $30 include a slim usb bluray DRIVE with your backups. then you don't have to worry "can I read these" in 20 years. the drive to read them will be in the same place as the discs.
50-cent BD-R is not archival quality. Cheap BD-R media can loose data integrity after only a few years and often fails to burn properly. Verbatim BD-R ($1 each) burns great, but it isn't archival either, especially their LTH media. Panasonic BD-R ($1.60 each) and M-Disc BD-R ($4.50 each) are the only BD media that actually have passed any third-party tests for long-term stability.
What makes you think that a cheap USB optical drive will still work after 20 years? $30 external slim BD drives are crap to begin with and USB may not even exist by then.
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DVD to BD. Whether a cheap optical drive still works in 20 years is a valid point, but I'm not worried that there won't be a way to read those discs in 20 years one way or another.
http://www.mdisc.com/. I'm ordering some but it'll be hard to kind of test to see if it will last a thousand yearsFor the nth time, with the possible exception of certain Intel processors, I don't have/ever owned anything whose name starts with "i".