Technology is rapidly changing. Data size is growing enormously. Traditional CDs are replaced by DVDs and it replaced by Blu-rays. But in terms of data storage, optical discs are slowly becoming obsolete. Optical discs have a maximum storage capacity of up to 50GB (Blu-ray). But today we have data more than 50GB even in our smartphones. So how to maintain all the storage without using Optical drives. Here is the list of best alternatives to the Optical Drives.
USB Drive or Pen Drive
Technology is changing rapidly, Flash-based drives are the best alternative to optical discs in terms of lifetime and portability. Pen drives also offer more storage capacity than Blu-Ray 50GB disks. Pen drives are best alternatives to the optical drives. They are small, cheap and stores more than a DVD drive. Nowadays a Pen Drive minimum storage size becomes 4GB, they can easily replace the optical disks place.
- Capacity: Up to 128GB,256GB available.
- Lifetime: 2 to 20 years
External Hard Drive (HDD)
External hard drives are not the cheapest alternative to optical discs. They cost more than the Flash storage devices but offer a much higher storage capacity. They come in various sizes and form factors. The prices of internal or external hard disks became cheap and affordable by all.
- Capacity: up to 4TB Max in NAS 12TB
- Lifetime: approx. 2 to 5 years.
Storing your data in the cloud is one of the easiest ways to store, backup and share your data. But storage is limited for free membership. You can get more storage by following referral programs offered by cloud storage service providers. Many companies like Google, Dropbox, Box are offering free storage to enterprise solutions. The prices are starting from $3, the maximum plan is based on your requirement of the storage size.
- Capacity: Min 2GB to Unlimited.
- Lifetime: Unlimited