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laternser posted a topic in Device and Hardware Compatibility-WindowsRetrospect 126.96.36.199 Use Blu-Ray Drives - to backup to DVD+R or DVD+RW media? My LG Blu-Ray Drive (Shows as "HL-DT-ST-BD-RE WH14NS40" in Configure > Devices) The LG Drive will write to Blu-Ray BD-RE/BD-R etc. The drive also writes DVD's (DVD+RW or DVD+R etc). Apparently, because this is a Blu-Ray drive, Retrospect won't let you use this for DVD optical backup. Has anyone managed to use any Blu-Ray drive to burn DVD backups? Retrospect does not support Blu-Ray media for backup. Not sure why. Probably because Retrospect uses proprietary formats for writing to optical media and they have not been willing to spend the effort (money) to create a format for Blu-Ray. With a limited number of Sata connections in a computer, it would be very nice to be able to use this drive. == Why optical media? =============== Optical media, for me at least, has been very reliable. I use DVD+R media or DVD+RW media (never erased or reused!) I have optical media now over 20 years old that has not given me any errors. None of my Retrospect backups (made as far back as at least 2006) has given even one error on restores. At least I can keep optical media offsite, under my control, and pay no storage fee. I have perhaps 5 file storage boxes with optical media (thousands of disks). Stick with Verbatim DVD+R media made in Taiwan. Note: Panasonic Blu-Ray Media (BD-R) has passed tests (and is certified) indicating better than 20 years of reliable storage. But I am not trying to backup to Blu-Ray. I want to use a Blu-Ray Drive in DVD+R mode. - laternser
laternser posted a topic in Device and Hardware Compatibility-WindowsDid you know you can use Blu-Ray media with Retrospect? I didn't. Seems to be Windows only. Retrospect advertising lists only CD / DVD for Optical Media. Storage Device Table: http://www.retrospect.com/en/devices?utf8=%E2%9C%93&manufacturers=&interfaces=&media_types=Blu-ray&commit=Search The above url produces the following table which shows Blu-Ray media for Retrospect Windows. Product Name Manufacturer Interface Media types Windows Date _____________________________________________________________________ Panasonic SW-5582 Panasonic ATAPI Blu-ray Qualified - Panasonic SW-5583 Panasonic Serial-ATA Blu-ray Qualified - Panasonic SW-5584 Panasonic Serial-ATA Blu-ray Qualified - Plextor PX-B900A Plextor ATAPI Blu-ray Qualified - I have two new LG WH14NS40 that show up on "Storage Devices" as"BD-RE Wh14NS40" but do not allow device configuration .... With BD-R or DVD+R. I have not tried BD-RE. These are "Devices visible using NT Passthrough...." The Retrospect manual suggests that any passthrough device could be used with Retrospect. Blu-Ray is quite afforable. The LG Drives are popular and inexpensive. I purchased mine from Newegg for $38 each. Verbatim 10 pack of BD-R single layer 25GB media was just a bit over $10 (for 10). I have not found any indication of anyone having success with Blu-Ray. Have you used Blu-Ray? Help? - laternser