Blank Media

 

Record and Save on Blank Media for Your Computer

In an age of electronic transmissions and speed-of-light this-and-that, recording data on blank media can seem like an anachronism, but blank DVD media still have a role to play in business and home computing. If your computer has a DVD-RW drive, you can burn files, video, software and lots of music onto a disc, then pack it up and carry it anywhere you need it. Using a universal format like DVD or Blu-ray means your video doesn't need another computer to run, and there's nothing as secure as a disc that's been closed up in a case and put in your backpack, rather than left floating on the cloud somewhere.

Reasons to Use Blank Media

There are a lot of reasons to use blank media, as businesses and home computer users are aware. As a medium, blank media usually have a lot of capacity for storing files and documents you can't afford to lose, but they also have the space for a good mixtape or long photo album you want to share around. Making and copying discs is pretty easy, and once you have the copies you need, all your software can be backed up in a format that doesn't get lost when the internet goes down for the afternoon. Other advantages of blank media are just as good.

Blank DVD media are convenient
 

It's really easy to use writable DVDs on the average computer. To save media to the disc, just pop out the tray and load the blank. Then, open the disc icon as if it was a drive on your computer. When the folder's open, move the files or software programs you want to save over to it. After a short loading time, everything should be copied and ready to go.

CD DVDs are safe and secure

CDs and DVDs have a neat feature: They're completely hackproof, especially from a distance. Unauthorized parties haven't yet figured out how to access a silicon disc that's locked inside a file cabinet, which makes them ideal for keeping employee files and other sensitive stuff in the office. They also travel well in a backpack or a purse, unlike email, which must be encrypted before it's sent over thousands of miles of easily tapped wires.

Blu-ray delivers high-quality media

Streaming video has gotten pretty good, but there's still a distinct loss of quality for big video files that have to pass through the bottleneck of an internet connection. Loading big files onto Blu-ray discs gives you the right compression rate and a universal medium for sharing very high-quality images, videos and sound. This comes with the added bonus that anybody with a compatible Blu-ray player can access your video through a normal playback device.

Things to Do With Blank Media

There's no end to what you can do with your blank media. Keep a stack of blank discs in a cubby in your computer desk, and pull one out as needed to back up important files. Then, put the disc away someplace safe, where it can't be lost, stolen or accessed by unauthorized parties. Other things you can do with writable DVDs include:

  • Burn music CDs and play them back on your stereo
  • Save video files, either for entertainment or so you can do some editing work from another machine
  • Mail digital copies of your photographs to family and friends
  • Keep copies of useful software, including boot discs if needed
  • Copy a presentation you've put together, along with supporting text and image documents, and share them with co-workers and clients who need the information you've pulled together for them

Compatible Systems

Maybe the biggest advantage of using blank media to store and share your files is that you don't need anything special to do it. System requirements for this tested technology are really basic. Systems vary, but in general, you can make great high-fidelity copies if you have:

  • Compatible hardware. Most desktop computers have the necessary DVD-RW drives built into their towers. The most modern ones may not, however, and a lot of slimline laptops also skip the bulky drives. Some very good external drives are available as aftermarket add-ons, and Walmart Canada has more than a few at affordable prices.
     

Common software. These days, the only software you need to burn great copies onto blank media is a normal operating system like Windows or Mac. Then, just click-and-drag to load anything you have onto your blank media.

 

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