Pen Drives are replacing CD and DVD! Do you agree?

@rakesh284 (1472)
India
April 23, 2009 5:22am CST
I have seen that now many people are using Pen Drives and they don't want to purchase a blank CD. There are many advantages of Pen Drives over CD's and DVD. Some unique positive points even CD's and DVD's have. Original movie print and Sound tracks are only available on CD and DVD. Different Softwares are only available on CD and DVD. But still excluding these things we might not use CD or DVD anymore? What are your views?
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@emojboy (632)
• Philippines
26 Apr 09
I think yes. It slowly replacing the cd and dvd for storing data. But keep it mind it depends also in the situation. Lets say you want to use you flash disk drive but its already full so you need to erase and copy the data again to the pen drive. The good thing about pen drives are fast to copy and you can alter or delete your data whenever you want. It is really opposite when using cd or dvd. I do not like to use rewritable because it is not that reliable. It will still be damage if you always use it. The good thing about the cd or dvd recordable is that you can have a read only disc and a permanent copy of your data. If I were to choose pen drives versus external hard disk. I prefer external hard disk because it has a lot space.
@nitin_hec (1098)
• India
24 Apr 09
I think Pen Drives only replaced Rewritable CD and DVDs. CD will be out soon as they only 700 MB. DVD can be used for hard backup and for longer time. But Yes Day by day new technology is emerging and Blu-ray will replace DVD too.
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@sanuanu (11235)
• India
24 Apr 09
Yes, it is. I mean DVD and CD takes time to get it burned and once you burned it you can not make changes to it or atleast can't use it as a re-writable option. Pen drives are good and the capacity is getting increased every second day! So, way to go for them but there is one problem, the companies should think about giving an option by which we can make a pen drive read only drive, just like a floppy drive. This will allow us to avoid viruses to enter the drives!
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@amitksing (1323)
• India
30 Apr 09
Yes, indeed! Pen drives have already captured the market, and I am sure they will soon kick out CDs/DVDs out of the market, just like CDs kicked away Floppy Disks. The basic problem with CDs/DVDs is their space limitation. While CDs(700MB)/DVDs(4GB) have limited space, Pen drives today are available in great capacities, about 10 times to that of DVDs. The only thing is that, Pen Drives are much more costlier than CDs/DVDs, but this thing is not of much concern since Pen Drives are reusable while CDs/DVDs not (even the Rewritable CDs/DVDs can be used for a particular no of time only). Some applications/software/movies/music etc come in CDs/DVDs only, but they can easily be carried in the form of CD/DVD image in Pen Drives and used the same way by mounting as traditional CDs/DVDs are used.
• United States
28 Apr 09
One thing that some folks don't realize is that pen drives have only a few years of life before they start malfunctioning. This means that for more long-term storage, CD/DVD is the way to go. You can't put your family home movies on a flash drive and expect it to be there 5 years from now.
• Finland
27 Apr 09
I agree for the day to day usage. Not for backup storage but that one is being replaced by the external harddrive.
@raddudu (60)
• Romania
24 Apr 09
I always use an external hard drive on SATA2 because a CD has too little capacity and those Pen Drives are too slow. I usually have to transfer a huge amount of data so with a Pen Drive it will take forever and the CD's and DVD's just don't have enough space for storage. So, in my opinion a external hard drive is the best solution at this moment.
• India
24 Apr 09
as per my view now people are using more pendrives and USB drives to store data or movies , audios most probably in the future its going change because more viruses are destroying data in the pendrives it lost out time and usable work ....it gets late to get our reports so , still my problems are coming with pen drives so in the futures CD's will replace with Pendrives.
@Rydog11 (30)
• United States
24 Apr 09
Yeah, until there is a Flash Drive player, DVD's will still be used for that purpose. But yeah, i own about 20 gb of flash drives. I put programs on them that really help me out if I go anywhere such as portable FireFox or some games. I also use ReadyBoost to help speed up my Vista laptop. i used a cd for portable data once, and even then I liked my old floppy disk better.
• United States
24 Apr 09
I think CDs and DVDs will eventually be like floppy disks. It may not be any time soon but I think one day that's going to happen. And likely one day something will very likely replace pen drives. So yeah, I think it's happening. I have one and it is a lot easier carrying it around than CDs. I even have it attached to my keychain so it pretty much goes wherever I take my car keys. About the only thing I use CDs for are backing up pictures and videos I have on my laptop and to give family a set of pictures to keep.
• India
23 Apr 09
Era of CD and DVD has almost come to an end after the launch of pen drives and portable hard disk drives since they are more durable and data is stored internally with protective sheath guarding the chips,but as far as cd's and dvd's are concerned data is stored superficially,so more chances of data getting damaged.BLUE RAY DISC which almost look like a DVD are going to be made commercial.BLUE RAY DISCS have 5 times more memory storage than DVD'S.Lets wait and watch if the BLUE RAY DISCS spread its magic in the market or not.
• Philippines
23 Apr 09
Yes that is true Rakesh, we can easily transfer our files using pen drives and is so handy unlike CD it can break along the way. But when we do copy files into CDs to give it to our friends and family, we still opt to buy blank CDS and DVDs. Hubby and I usually do CD burns for movies and compilation of video clips that we send to my parents back home. So we buy blank CDs and DVDs in bulk to get it cheaper than buying it solos. What i just don't like is that my pen drive was borrowed by my hubby's friend because at that time he doesn't have a cd. So that's the disadvantage of course. I still prefer hubby gave him a copy in cd rather than letting him borrow my pen drive because that was given to me by my father and i am always careful of gifts.
@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
23 Apr 09
Pen drives may not completely replace CDs or DVDs in the near future. The main issue is the price of a pen drive compared to a CD or DVD. Not many people can afford to buy several pen drives to back up data. For example for the price of one 4Gb pen drive I can get more than 30 DVDs. Naturally I still use the for data storage. all the best, rosdimy
@sammyspam (374)
• Australia
23 Apr 09
Pen drives are definetly taking over and its a good thing. They are small in size and can hold an incredible amount of space (I use a 32GB pen drive). They are much more resistant to damage aswell, where as CD and DVD can get scratched easily. Pen drives are slowly phasing out CD/DVD as a means of transporting inforamtion. External harddrives are also becoming popular.
@asweetie (1188)
• India
23 Apr 09
I too use pendrive for most of things and it takes a lot of time to write a dvd or cd. When you have to make a back up then dvd takes a lot of time to write and many a times writing fails and makes dvd useless... so more and more people are switching to pen drive even though you get everything on cd or dvd in the market but ease of pendrive and u can easily delete data too are making pendrives quite popular
@megh4u (372)
• Alpharetta, Georgia
23 Apr 09
I am satisfy with your openion upto some extend but according to me, pen drive is quite good even better then cd or dvd in case of cd, dvd you need extra hardware to do reading and writing process, but in case of pen drive all you need is usb port on your pc, which is common port in pc...so it has biggest advantage over pc, pendrive are slick in size so that it can easily be able to take here and there. The only problem with pen drive is that pen drive also able to infect from virus and trojan where as cd or dvd is free from that....so I prefer to backup my data to some cd or dvd rather than pen drive.