Post by Paul S Person
I tried optical disk, in the form of DVD+R/W, about 10 years ago.
1. Limited capacity. Even then, 4.7G wasn't all /that/ large if you
had significant data files.
2. It required a special driver, which caused problems.
3. I ended up going through the discs like water. They just didn't
last, and could not be relied on to hold the data when stored off-site
for a month and then on-site for another month.
Over time, the drive used with the driver lost the ability to rip
audio CDs. It would try, but the results were ... junk. This prompted
me to buy a USB DVD drive for my Netbook (HP Mini), which worked fine.
When I converted entirely to USB (I ended up with 2 32G USB drives for
a backup set), I removed the special driver.
The drive formerly used with the driver /recovered it's ability to rip
Quality software. "Never trust hardware that needs a driver" is a truism
today, as so many common devices (particularly USB connected) are standardised
well enough that they can work from a generic one embedded in your OS. The
exceptions - graphics cards, printers, scanners and more specialised hardware
- are all, indeed, unreliable.
My first CD writer - 1996, a Sony 2x CD+RW if I remember correctly - decayed
curiously. After less than two years it became unable to read its own burns.
It had no trouble with stamped disks, but could not read its own. Which was
annoying, as my software at the time would do a validate pass and come back
with a big FAIL. I binned and re-burnt a number of discs before I worked out
they were actually fine. And quite expensive at that time, at least GBP2-3
I can still read those disks today, which surprises the heck out of me.
Cheers - Jaimie
Hell hath no fury like someone who is enraged that someone else is
getting away with something they're scared to try. - lilairen, LJ