DVDs were a fantastic storage medium, able to store an astounding 4.7 GB of data for a few dollars. That was 1995. Yahoo was the hottest company on the Web. Google, Facebook, and Twitter weren’t even a concept yet. DVDs had a good run.
It’s time to call them dead.
When we launched Backblaze online backup in mid-2008, we offered unlimited free restores, FedEx DVD restores for $99, and FedEx USB hard drive restores for $189. We didn’t know how many people would choose the DVD restore option, but we figured people understood the concept of getting files sent to them on DVDs and they may feel more comfortable this way.
Well with 600,000,000 files restored in 2011, Backblaze customers restored:
Today we are killing off DVD restores and replacing them with USB flash drives.
It was a good run DVD, but it’s time to move on.