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I kept a floppy drive in my rig until early last year lol, I'll stick with a disk RW for a while too, I think.

Currently have a BR R/W, for both my small collection of BR (have a BR Player in the house, but I prefer the sanctity of my PC and sounds), and to make backups of my Anime' or other things, for safer storage. I have just over 15TB of storage currently, so I can only backup a fraction of that onto physical Disk.
I'll occasionally create/burn audio CD's for friends for their car journey's, mate's wedding, and if someone needs programs or whatever, I'll give them a CD/DVD instead of a USB drive that I'll never get back.

Comes in handy for my old data on CD/DVD that I need to get off the disks, onto my PC and compile correctly too, so I don't think I'll be without one for a long, long time.

I have a fair few scratched disks, but I bought a buffing bit for my Makita, and will just buff the shizniz out of them until I can retrieve the data, then bin the disk. I'll ensure any future disks are better taken care of. Never had any problems with the actual drive as far as reading is concerned, but I regularly compressed air the front, clean the tray etc.

I also purchased GTAV on Physical, partly because I wanted a physical copy with the box etc, and partly because I knew the servers would be choking with everyone downloading it around release.

I'll be buying BF1 on Physical Copy too, as my BF collection has always been physical. biggrin.gif

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for digital content, the vast majority is digital these days, but I also believe in the choice. I'm lucky enough to be in an area where I have a fairly decent download speed, I know not everyone has that luxury.
 
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I bought one simply to rip the elite dangerous soudntrack CD which I couldn't find in digital form at the time. It has been used that one time and never again.
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Well, as I mentioned, I do still burn some cds/dvds but part of the reason I keep them is simply for accessibility. Nothing makes me madder than not having what i need to access a given media. I even run one of multi function card readers. It has ESata, two additional USB 3 ports, 3 additional usb 2 ports, SD/MMC , micro SD (I use this one A lot.), MS thru MS Pro and even CF-MD. The board has 2 sata express, thunderbolt, USB 3, 3.1 Type A and C etc. But i receive data all the time on obsure media from various people. Its weird.
   
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I went and grabbed a CD I backed up a few vinyl albums I ripped to see how well it's held up. Noticed I was using shorten back then. The file dates were 5/31/2001 and 6/1/2001. Still readable, but I think I'll convert to flac and burn a new disk. I've tried flash and SD - like the increased size, but not too keen on longevity. I haven't had any that I could store for even a year or two without suffering data loss.
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Another BR R/W here, I hope I can make it work with UHD content soon.
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I went and grabbed a CD I backed up a few vinyl albums I ripped to see how well it's held up. Noticed I was using shorten back then. The file dates were 5/31/2001 and 6/1/2001. Still readable, but I think I'll convert to flac and burn a new disk. I've tried flash and SD - like the increased size, but not too keen on longevity. I haven't had any that I could store for even a year or two without suffering data loss.

For what its worth, my Sandisk Ultra Titanium for like 12 years ago still had all my files on it when I found it last year and checked.
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I have optical drives in both my signature systems.

I almost never use the one on my gaming system(rip a CD now and then, but mostly do that on my other computer), but my media center optical drive gets used more often. I also have an external Bluray drive that I use for movies(Slime slot load was not easy to find when I build that computer.).

So for music/movies I still use optical media. Everything else has moved over to downloads. With the number of game patches released, One almost needs to have bandwidth anyway.
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...So I don't really see the point in them anymore, but after reading the rest of the thread, different strokes for different folks I suppose.

Exactly! Thank you! thumb.gif
     
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For what its worth, my Sandisk Ultra Titanium for like 12 years ago still had all my files on it when I found it last year and checked.
I think the older flash had better retention than the newer stuff. Smaller seems to be harder to work with.
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I think the older flash had better retention than the newer stuff. Smaller seems to be harder to work with.

I know my roughly half as old and 4x capacity Corsair Voyager lost their ability to retain data about 2.5 years into their use. That said, they can't even hold the data for more than a few days at a time now, so I'm fairly sure those were just bad drives. I think it is just a matter of the flash quality used, which may have a correlation to age, but isn't necessarily dependent on it.

Keep in mind, that Sandisk Titanium I mentioned was a really rather expensive drive, and wasn't all that different than its significantly cheaper non-titanium variant other than bolstering faster transfer speeds (superior flash?) and an absurdly strong titanium alloy shell. I'd test one of those non titanium versions, but they've all mechanically broken long ago.
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Arcane
(33 items)
 
Sanctum
(9 items)
 
Fukurou
(15 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Ryzen 7 1700 MSI B350M Mortar Arctic RX Vega 64 G.Skill TridentZ  
Hard DriveHard DriveOSPower
Samsung EVO 960 Consatellation Windows 10 Pro Corsair HX 1050 
Case
Raijintek Aeneas White Window 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Core i5-661 GA-H55-USB3 12GB DDR3 1333 WD Caviar Black AALS 640GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD Caviar Green EARS 2TB Vertex Turbo 60GB (SSD) Samsung Blu-ray, Samsung DVD Burner H50 (With push/pull nocturas) 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Professional 64 LG 47inch LED LCD Saitek Eclipse Lite-touch Wireless Seasonic X750 Gold 
CaseAudio
CM690 II Passive bookshelfspeakers + amp. 
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