[mythtv-users] Options for Backing up Myth data

Raymond Wagner raymond at wagnerrp.com
Mon Dec 6 20:53:05 UTC 2010

On 12/6/2010 15:43, Andre wrote:
> On 6 Dec 2010, at 19:06, Brian Wood wrote:
>> Wow, the "2 TB Hard Drive Recommendations" thread has got pretty long,
>> and seems to be drifting towards backup solutions, so I thought I'd
>> start a new better-named one.
>> The DLTs I use are not terribly practical for most folks, and even I'd
>> like to find something better, in case my media source dries up.
>> Somewhat related to something I asked a few weeks ago:
>> What about using Blu-Ray disks for backup?
> I make blurays of HD shows I really want to keep, or DVDs but there's not much SD I want to keep :-(
> Once the transport stream is remuxed, extraneous eit, teletext and commercials are removed the show is almost half it's recorded size and I don't need to restore the files to myth to play the show. It's very time consuming so it has to be something really worth keeping. It would be great to do this from inside myth even if it was "only" AVCHD disks (I know, patches welcome...) but for now I use Toast on my Mac.
> I found printable BD-Rs for ~3.75 each on a spindle of 25, I think that's cheap enough to back up a few TV shows, I usually get five or six hours of video on a disk.

Burning to bluray only makes sense if you specifically want to use them 
on a standalone player.  You're looking at 0.15/GB for bluray, versus 
0.035/GB for hard drives.  One could argue that a bluray may be more 
reliable in the long term than a hard drive, but for 4x the cost, you 
could afford to cycle multiple hard drives to ensure a single failure 
won't be a problem.  That's not even taking into account the fact that 
you have to swap out 80 BD-Rs manually for the same storage of a single 
2TB hard drive.

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