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Sony BWU-200S Blu-ray Burner  (Source: Sony)
Sony's newest Blu-ray burner cuts 50GB disc burn time in half

Sony announced today a new updated internal Blu-ray burner for PC. The new drive doubles the write speed as compared to previous Blu-ray BD-R burners inside computer systems. The new BWU-200S Blu-ray burner cuts burn time in half allowing a full 50Gb BD-R disc to be burned in about 45 minutes. Previous drives were 2x drives and the burn time was around 90 minutes for a BD-R disc.

In addition to burning BD-R discs, the drive can also burn DVD+/-R discs at 16x, DVD DL burning is supported as well. Software is included with the burner that allows for the capture, authoring, editing, burning and viewing of high-definition content captured in HDV 1080i format from HDV camcorders.

With the BWU-200S a BD-R or BD-RW disc can store up to 230 minutes of HD video. Sony uses a SATA interface rather than the PATA interface more common to optical drives. The form factor is the standard 5.25-inch internal size and the drive and its software are compatible with Windows XP and Vista.

“Advanced optical storage technologies, such as Blu-ray Disc technology with its vast capacity compared to DVD technology, will be key enablers for next generation PC applications like HD personal video content and high-definition TV recording,” said Wolfgang Schlichting, research director for removable storage at IDC. “Sony's many innovations in optical storage have prepared the company to be a leader in the Blu-ray Disc writable market.”

The BWU-200S will be available directly from Sony in November for around $600 and is available for pre-order now.

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RE: Seriously, Blu-Ray burner?
By Christopher1 on 10/9/2007 9:26:07 PM , Rating: 0
Actually, when you go on a GB by GB comparison.... it did at one time.

I'm personally waiting for a Blu-Ray disc that can hold 100 GB's, so that I can put my whole downloaded manga collection on it!

It would only take 2 Blu-Ray's or HD-DVD's of that size to old my entire collection of downloaded mangas, and I would still have some space left over for future ones!

Hard drives would go the way of the dodo if this happened, because everyone could burn everything to HD-DVD's or Blu-Ray discs (as long as they didn't degrade over time!).

RE: Seriously, Blu-Ray burner?
By RMSe17 on 10/9/2007 9:36:16 PM , Rating: 2
"Hard drives would go the way of the dodo if this happened, because everyone could burn everything to HD-DVD's or Blu-Ray discs (as long as they didn't degrade over time!)."

Anyone remember when people would say this about CD-RW? Then about DVD-RW? ;)

RE: Seriously, Blu-Ray burner?
By therealnickdanger on 10/10/2007 7:32:10 AM , Rating: 3
Exactly. So long as I can buy a 500GB hard drive for $100(RAID1 for $200), there will never be a reason for me to back up files to a disc. 64GB flash media will even soon undercut the cost of a BR-burner + discs the way things are going.

RE: Seriously, Blu-Ray burner?
By lumbergeek on 10/10/2007 11:14:37 AM , Rating: 3
There will ALWAYS be a reason to back up files to a disc. RAID is NOT a panacea, it only prevents data loss from a drive failure. It doesn't prevent data loss from a virus or other such crap that deletes your files (it will happily delete both (or more) drives) or a RAID failure that corrupts both (or more) drives.

So if you don't back up, you really ARE Nick livingDangerously.

RE: Seriously, Blu-Ray burner?
By euclidean on 10/10/2007 12:26:57 PM , Rating: 2
Six 250GB drives in RAID 5...1 for backup, 1 for parity, and 4 for the data. 1TB, speeds are nice, and really leaves no chance for failure unless your house burned down. Plus, external backup drives are cheap, and cheaper if you make them yourself, if you're worried about viruses. Haven't had a virus in 4 years it's all been working for me. The only thing I use Optical media for is burning mix cds to listen in the car, or a movie to watch on the dvd player, which is getting to be rare since my PC hooks up to the projector just fine and plays everything perfectly.

So really, you both were right, depending on how you prefer to setup your computer...which there are many different ways to do that and tons of people out there that do all sorts of weird things. But optical media isn't very friendly nor is it as i'll stick to my RAID ;).

RE: Seriously, Blu-Ray burner?
By aos007 on 10/10/2007 2:24:17 PM , Rating: 2
All of them won't help you if a thief comes in or - as you mention yourself - your house gets destroyed in a fire, flood, earthquake or hell a meteor hit. Not to mention surge due to a lightning hit to the power grid.

If you REALLY care about your data, you'll have some offsite backup. A simple FTP of a few critical files can save the day. Imagine you're doing contract programming or design and just backup your contact list, mail and CAD files or source code. It isn't much more than a few GB. The alternative (and/or addition) is to burn a DVD every few months and take it to a safe deposit box.

That's where BluRay writeable comes in handy. I would love 50G disks and would pay up to $20 for each. Still too expansive though, and drives cost too much as well. Up to $250 per drive and up to $20 per media is what I'd personally pay.

RE: Seriously, Blu-Ray burner?
By Zoomer on 10/10/2007 8:51:01 PM , Rating: 2
Well, first it must be understood that RAID is a high avaliability solution, not a backup solution.

What if files are accidentally overwritten? Or if RIAA released a virus that searches for and writes random bits to files identified as audio?

RE: Seriously, Blu-Ray burner?
By The0ne on 10/10/2007 1:57:08 PM , Rating: 2
This is just way too funny for me not to comment on. Apparently there are clueless people out there that don't expect "certain" things to stop functioning after a while. 500Gig HD dead, all the data gone just like that. Simply too funny.

RE: Seriously, Blu-Ray burner?
By psyph3r on 10/13/2007 1:28:46 PM , Rating: 2
that's what raid is for....then you back up the raid to tape.

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