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Quartz
01-16-2009, 10:47 AM
I was reflecting recently, and I realised that I seldom now write any CDs or DVDs. I almost always use USB memory sticks or USB HDDs. About the only time I do write a CD or DVD is when it's an operating system install disk.

How about you?

beowulff
01-16-2009, 11:08 AM
I write CDs when I need to give people data.
I write DVDs as one step in my backup process for my digital photos - every time I fill a card, I burn it to DVD and file it. I also keep full backups of my iPhoto library on two hard drives.
I also burn Movie DVDs.

3acresandatruck
01-16-2009, 11:11 AM
I still use both on a regular basis. If I'm going to see one of my sisters, I might take along a CD of photos I've taken recently. I'm on dialup and it's faster to burn a CD. And I'm kind of into cars, so I've made some DVDs out of files posted by both friends and strangers. It once took me hours to download a video about a custom 1955 Chrysler. When you see a video of a blower motor running at WOT and wonder "who watches this stuff"...that's me. I burn DVDs so I can watch it on my big screen TV. :D Plus, I use DVDs to back up my hard drive periodically.

Khadaji
01-16-2009, 11:28 AM
I just finished making my weekly code backup CD.

UncleRojelio
01-16-2009, 11:30 AM
iPhoto backup and for iMovies.

myskepticsight
01-16-2009, 11:34 AM
I make music CDs for my car all the time, usually mixes of stuff from my iTunes library.

Use DVDs to back up stuff.

ToeJam
01-16-2009, 11:39 AM
I write CDs all the time to make CDs to listen to in the car.

I have never burned a DVD yet.

Ephemera
01-16-2009, 11:42 AM
For music and movies.

gotpasswords
01-16-2009, 02:43 PM
USB drives are disabled here, so burning CDs to make backups or to "sneakernet" big files is the only option.

At home, I usually burn discs because it's a pain getting at a free USB port and CDs are cheap.

KneadToKnow
01-16-2009, 02:51 PM
I also burn a CD every week for listening in the car. I record over 9 hours of NPR every weekend and listen to it all week.

I DVR TV shows and movies and if they're something I want to keep and aren't DMR-prohibited (read, recorded from HBO), I will archive them as MPEGs to DVD.

Illuminatiprimus
01-16-2009, 04:57 PM
Burn CDs of music for others frequently.

Chronos
01-16-2009, 05:14 PM
CDs have an edge over thumb drives in two situations: First, if you want to keep the information around for a long time, such as for a backup, you can burn a disk and leave it on the shelf, without having to worry about making space on the drive for the next thing. Second, if you want to give the information to someone else, blank CDs are cheap enough that you can just burn one and give it to them, without worrying about getting it back.

Ann Onimous
01-16-2009, 05:21 PM
I have to burn DVDs on a regular basis for my job. I also backup my work computer once a month with a DVD. Home: I use a memory stick or a SD card.

Jayn_Newell
01-16-2009, 05:49 PM
I haven't burnt a CD in a few years now. I used to use them for data storage back when I had a laptop and was downloading buttloads of videos, but I have enough space now that I don't need to for that reason. (Well, that and I've stopped torrenting anime three times a week)

The only other reason I would burn a CD is for a video contest entry, but that's a rare occurrence, and some allow online submissions.

Cluricaun
01-16-2009, 05:54 PM
Another burns them for the car type. I still don't own an MP3 player.

Larry Mudd
01-16-2009, 07:07 PM
DVDs at home for archiving of movies & music.

I burn a fair amount of CDs and DVDs at work for archiving and transfer of documents.

Eliahna
01-16-2009, 08:04 PM
I just burned two DVDs of photos this week. I trust DVDs for archiving purposes more than USB memory sticks or external hard drives.

Ichini Sanshigo
01-16-2009, 08:10 PM
Not since I got an Ipod/mp3 player. I haven't even bought any CDs for a very long time. I just bought a Jill Scott CD today.

Leaper
01-16-2009, 08:10 PM
I burn CDs all the time for backups. I can't afford an external HD right now, and since my computer is a Mac, it allows symbols in the name like / that screw up efforts to just dump everything on a memory stick.

Unless you have a solution for either of these problems...? (Hint, hint... :))

NinetyWt
01-16-2009, 08:30 PM
We burn data to CD for clients all the time. Often we'll put a project on CD and put it in the file folder. Kind of neatens things up. We still use disks, even.

Aquila Be
01-16-2009, 09:08 PM
At home, I usually burn discs because it's a pain getting at a free USB port and CDs are cheap.

Why don't you get a splitter? They don't cost much and one USB port gets transformed to four.

High capacity thumb drives are becoming cheaper by the month. I suggest shopping by mail, you should be able to get them perhaps 40% cheaper than over the counter.

As far as durability is concerned, unlike several burned CDs gone bad I haven't had a thumb drive fail on me yet (excluding laundry events).

NinetyWt
01-16-2009, 10:38 PM
As far as durability is concerned, unlike several burned CDs gone bad I haven't had a thumb drive fail on me yet (excluding laundry events).
I've already had two to go kaput. I don't trust them, personally.

cletus
01-16-2009, 11:09 PM
I haven't burned a cd in years. I've got a mp3 player for listening to music in my car and transporting data. I've got a external hard drive for backups.

vivalostwages
01-17-2009, 12:45 AM
I make music CDs for my car all the time, usually mixes of stuff from my iTunes library.

Use DVDs to back up stuff.

I burn CD music mixes for friends and myself.

berff
01-17-2009, 12:58 AM
I bought a 50 pack of DVDs at least two years ago...I'm not even halfway through them yet. I used to go through at least half a dozen discs a day in the early 00s but now I just transfer music to my iPod or use my 2 GB USB drive for moving data files or, for larger files, I just move my external hard drive and move it from one computer to another to transfer information.

All my movies are ripped onto my my hard drive which is attached to my computer which is attached to my TV in my living room. And I use my wireless mouse as a remote control which works perfectly on carpet. I haven't even burned a movie for years.

Lordviper
01-17-2009, 01:11 AM
Most of the time any more I burn cds for other people who request them other than that I use my usb stick to put music on it and use it for school work. my girlfriend has two one gig usb mp3 players of which I have one here with me putting songs on it that remind her of me and vice versa. other than that I don't really burn cds much any more.