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dvd burner or external hard drive?

Post by ericshin on 12th November 2009, 10:35 am

hey,

Need a means of back up so i'm just wondering what's better. An external HD or a DVD burner?

i know External hardrives can fail and when they do you're screwed. But DVD burners give you unlimited yet, reliable back ups as if one disc screws up you only lose 4 gigs of backup. So i'm also wondering is it possible that a dvd disc's data will somehow just dissappear one day?

and what other disadvantages/advantages of the dvd disc/dvd burner method of backing up files and the external HD method?

thanks

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Re: dvd burner or external hard drive?

Post by Doctor Inferno on 12th November 2009, 10:51 am

I would go for a external hard drive, they might fail, but rarely. It works just like a hard drive in the computer if you're getting the AC powered one.


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Re: dvd burner or external hard drive?

Post by ericshin on 12th November 2009, 11:09 am

what advantages do they have over dvd burners though?

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Re: dvd burner or external hard drive?

Post by Belahzur on 12th November 2009, 1:24 pm

It's more common the DVD disc gets scrathed and wont work than hardrive failure, I've got 2 external drives, 1 I've had for over a year and hasn't failed me yet.


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Re: dvd burner or external hard drive?

Post by Doctor Inferno on 12th November 2009, 2:11 pm

External hard drives are more convenient. You can transfer files over anytime and delete the files as you wish. If you burn your data to a DVD, you can't change it once its written. That is unless you get a rewritable DVD which will definitely cost more.


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