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With the loads of external drives reaching into terabytes, how long would you predict before CDs, go the way of floppies?

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Submitted by graymane (33)
Its already upon us 73% 16 Votes
At least 5 yrs away 9% 2 Votes
Could go another ten yrs 9% 2 Votes
I'd say indefinately 5% 1 Votes
Depends on external's progress 0% 0 Votes
any ideas? 5% 1 Votes

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22 Votes Total

Jul 23, 2014

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jberryl69 (Disabled) Several years ago when I using DVD's to display content on my TV I purchased a couple of packs of recordable CD's & DVD plus around the same time a blu-ray device. Shortly after that I bought a new wide screen TV which promptly ended my need for any of the three items listed above since I can just plug in a 500GB external hard drive with the content and from that day the packs of recordable media and the playback unit sit unused.

When I got my new computer last year, the only reason I included a recordable DVD was to load up old software (like Office) I had because ALL content now is offered via the net. I haven't used a disk for two years now. I was slow in the TV purchase. I think cd/dvd/bluray technology has been dead for about four years if one spent the upfront money on the needed devices. I was stubborn and waited.

I like the streaming method of obtaining programs. When I download a program, it usually is in a zipped folder which I can store on my backup which takes the place of needing physical software media if it has to be reloaded. If you need a key to make the newly loaded software, I create a txt file with the needed info stored along side the zip file.

07-23-14  02:39am

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Cybertoad (Disabled) CD have been around a few decades now, its common place in the PC gaming world and videos to use these.
DVD/CD are easily secured, flash drives are easy to manipulate even encrypted they are easier then DVD due to the over right abilities.

According to research by Sony upon their release of Playstation4, they were asked if flash-drives would ever replace DVD for gaming. Streaming however seems the wave of the future as more an more games servers like WW, Steam and PS4 all work mostly online and require constant streaming.

Most of my websites are now working with Iphones technology too so allot going on right now.

07-23-14  08:43am

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Capn (28) For the computer I think they are already passe.

I think they will be viable in vehicles for a few years more until everyone has ICE with usb ports.

Cap'n. :)

07-23-14  11:10am

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Erlib (0) CDs, as storage, are done. DVDs are still in the running until blank Blu-rays become much cheaper. Externals are overkill for single file backups/transfers and thumb drives are slightly too expensive for throwaway uses.

Audio CDs still have a lot more life though.

07-23-14  01:24pm

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Wittyguy (105) The only reason I even use some cds is because they're dirt cheap and I still have media that uses them. They're basically a generational thing that the youngens don't use but us old farts still do. Technologically they're already dead but still useful if you're used to them.
07-23-14  01:31pm

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turboshaft (24) CDs already gone this way have for serious data and video storage.

Audio CDs have been around since 1982, but they aren't impervious to the effects of time and environment. The aluminum alloy used isn't exactly the most corrosion-resistant material available--if at least being considerably cheaper than gold--but it's pretty amazing to think that CDs are still around after three+ decades. (LaserDisc is, of course, older, but it's not truly digital nor has it ever been that popular.)

07-23-14  03:35pm

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otoh (54) Already past it, both CD and DVD. Eg 1TB portable external drive = £50 = 5p/GB. 50 x recordable DVD = £10 = 4.2p/GB.

Close to the same price - why would you bother burning discs? And if it's just to give something to somebody else, you'd just use a flash drive - a bit more expensive but still far handier.

07-23-14  04:42pm

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Jay G (67) CD's? .... DVD's? Are those like videotapes?
07-24-14  03:03pm

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LPee23 (24) I'm about as likely to use a CD today as I am to use a floppy.
07-24-14  05:30pm

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graymane (33) Call me old-fashion, but I still pop in a recording CD into my one or more transferable software devices (that came with my computer) to record some of those things I wanna hold onto.
07-24-14  06:23pm

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Drooler (220) I've got about 15 unused blank CDs. I haven't touched them in at least 2 years. Something must have happened!
07-25-14  07:05pm

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Monahan (42) REPLY TO #9 - LPee23 :

What's a floppy? Are you talking about my schlong after about 2 minutes or so of serious boinking?

Seriously, the last floppies that were truly floppies were the old 5-1/4" deals. The 3-1/2 devices were far better because they weren't really "floppy." I still have some photos on the good old 5-1/4" guys just because I can't find any way to transfer them to a flash drive or anything else.

07-26-14  02:15pm

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LPee23 (24) REPLY TO #12 - Monahan :

You'll have to buy an old 5 1/4" floppy drive. They're about $35 on eBay. You'll probably also need a floppy controller card, because most modern BIOS don't have native support for 5 1/4" floppy drives. You can get a controller for $60 here http://www.deviceside.com/fc5025.html. If you want to see those photos again, I'd get them now, because the hardware you need will only get harder to find and more expensive.
07-27-14  06:35am

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