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I have stacks of Verbatim discs. They have never let me down. I have data stored on them dating back to around 2005, if not, even earlier. The masses of documents and photographs have never shown any obvious sign of deterioration.
This particular pack contains 20 CDs with 80 minutes of recording time which I find goes quite far.
I have also put home videos onto the discs and been able to play them back for elderly people on my laptop.
Unfortunately, they don't seem to be compatible with all the current technology where some devices don't have the places to insert discs or require blueray only. A backward step, in my opinion, because I enjoy the freedom of being able to slip the disc into my handbag and take along photos or video for others to enjoy on their television or computer. For a long while I was without a laptop and really missed the advantages that older technology used to bring. Having said that Verbatim make a whole range to cover different requirements.
Now time has moved on and we have memory sticks which are even more wonderful. However, I still use the discs that I have purchased. There are piles of them, as a secondary or even third source of back up. My memories are precious and I know how important it is to have multiple copies of everything. My memory sticks, and my two external hard drives, are just a couple of examples of the many ways I save my data. I have met people who have regretted not being so careful and lost all their digital memories. Verbatim give me peace of mind that this will not be likely to happen to me.
To use insert the disc into your computer, presuming they still come with CD drives. I had to make sure that my laptop did. Next highlight and drag the document via, 'My Computer', in Windows programmes, and the CD will make a little noise in the computer as the data is transferred. A message pops up to confirm the job is done and the CD is ejected.
Playback has always been prompt but transfer seems lengthier than onto memories sticks. The data transfer has only ever been annoyingly lengthy when transferring large albums of photos of three hundred plus photographs and movies of five minutes and above.
The problem with CDs, in general, is that they require storage. In my case the bedroom floor has become the area where they are piled. This is the reason why I will buy fewer CDs once they are finished. I believe this will still be years away!
Verbatim are, in my opinion, the most trustworthy and reliable brand for data storage. I have other brands but none match the quality for unfailing long-term storage and superb playback. There can be no doubt that Verbatim deserves five stars.