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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 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?

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