IF you have been paying attention to hard drive prices, then you already know that the price of hard drive storage is plummeting. As the hard drive companies such as Maxtor, Seagate and Western Digital make hard drives with ever-increasing capacity, the price for the actual hard drives often stayts the same. Currently, one of the cheapest hard drives gives you 7.69 GB per dollar. That’s right, a one terrabyte hard drive costs only 129.99 dollars. One has to ask themselves if it’s cheaper to copy movies using a DVD burner, or to simply buy a hard drive.
The cheapest hard drive will get you 7.692 GB / dollar
Currently, the cheapest single-layer DVD medium is about 18.80 GB / dollar
Currently, the cheapest dual-layer DVD medium is about 9.66 GB / dollar
Currently, the cheapest single-layer Blue Ray medium is about 3.47 GB / dollar
As you can see, no matter how you look at it, it’s cheaper to simply burn DVDs instead of buying hard drives to copy them. Sure CD cases cost money too, but not much. One interesting thing to note is that it is much cheaper to use single layer DVDs instead of dual layer DVDs. One solution you might want to consider is using free software such as DVD shrink in order to copy a movie from a dual layer disk to a single layer disc.
One last thing to consider is that if you want to compress a 4.7 GB movie into a movie file less than 1.9 GB, it will actually become cheaper to store the movie on your hard drive. Of course, you can expect some loss of visual or audio quality with such an aggresive shrink.
As you can see, the most expensive medium is the blue ray disk. It is actually cheaper to buy a new hard drive rather than copy blue ray movies to a blue ray disc. This is a serious reason why you should wait to buy blue ray.
This post was written by admin on October 5, 2008