Burning Basics for Blu-ray Backup

By · Monday, November 7th, 2011

Blu-ray Backup Tips ArchivingThe role of Blu-ray discs in our daily applications is bound for a positive trajectory.  Just days ago, The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) revealed in its third quarter report that the number of homes using Blu-ray jumped more than 50 percent to 33.5 million compared to the same time last year.

Blu-ray discs are not just on the radar of home users.  For creative professionals, marketing distribution and archival efforts demand Blu-rays for their ability to hold all the gigs that HD video and audio eat up (25GB for standard BD-R discs, 50GB for dual layer BD-R).  Since high-def is a must for today’s creative clients, it’s ideal to have Blu-ray on hand for data storage so that changes can be made to an existing piece of video.

Moreover, for businesses and government institutions, the 25GB Blu-ray requires fewer discs to use when backing up files and servers.  Blu-ray has a storage life upwards of 50+ years with the ability to access data faster than HDD or tape.  As a result, users are going to need some basic Blu-ray backup tips for archival purposes.

–      Make sure that you have all the basics before you begin.  While this sounds like a no-brainer, it’s easy for a beginner to miss one of the building blocks for the BD backup process.  Without all the proper tools, your Blu-ray backup can be brought to a standstill.  Be sure you have the following:  a Blu-ray software program installed on your computer, a Blu-ray burner drive (make sure it can burn dual layer BD if you need it), blank BD-R or BD-R DL discs as your target discs as well as your source Blu-ray disc, DVD or digital files.

–     Know that 25GB will give you just over 2 hours of HD video while a dual layer BD-R will give you more than 4 hours.

–     Create an ISO image file when you backup to Blu-ray.  An ISO file is basically an uncompressed version of all your disc’s files to make it an exact digital copy.  This will be handy if you have to back up the same data on multiple Blu-ray discs and when you have just a target burner.

–     Understand that write times will vary depending on your drive’s speed.  A 6x drive will take approximately 15 minutes while a 12x drive will cut that time in half.  You will have to double the write time for a dual layer.

–     To ensure that the data size doesn’t exceed the disc capacity, it’s a good rule of thumb to shoot for under 25GB or 50GB to avoid potential errors and wasted discs.

Please share your tips below in burning Blu-ray for backup purposes.

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