12 Nov 2013 | Techie stuff

The hunt for BDXL blank discs

A few months back I listed the BDXL blank discs that can be found online.

There were discs branded Sony, Panasonic, TDK, Verbatim, Sharp and also no-names like Digistor or Line 1 Media.

I seem to have missed Maxell BD-R XL discs at the time, but it makes little difference since most of them are only branding other manufacturer's discs.

Let's take a closer look at the Manufacturer IDs for some of these discs:

Sharp BD-R TL: TDKBLD
Panasonic BD-R TL: TDKBLD
TDK BD-R TL: TDKBLD
Sony BD-R TL: TDKBLD
Maxell BD-R TL: TDKBLD

Panasonic BD-RE TL: PAN
Sony BD-RE TL: SONY

The Disc Manufacturer ID & Media Type ID licensee list tells us a different story: there are 3 manufacturers of Recordable TL discs, 2 makers of Recordable QL discs and 2 makers of Rewritable TL discs.

Recordable TL discs
Panasonic - PAN
Mitsubishi - VERBAT, VAMKM
TDK - TDKBLD

Recordable QL discs
Sony - SONY
TDK - TDKBLD

Rewritable TL dics
Panasonic - PAN
Sony - SONY

So where are Sony and Panasonic's 128GB recordable discs? I don't want to believe optical media is dead, but the signs are here.

2 comentarii

13 Jan 2014 la 23:05
Mikhail

The 100GB's are available in the US from Fry's Electronics and Microcenter. Not sure about 125GB... With the longevity of 30-200 years for DVD/BD and going through nearly 3 HD/SSD failures in my home fileserver just in the last year (maybe my luck?) I am still buying BDs for the data I can't lose.

14 Jan 2014 la 05:09
pinkISH

Thanks for the input, Mikhail. I totally agree about BD storage, I think it's the safest way to archive important data if you choose quality blank discs and a good writer.

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