When converting old media such as VHS tapes, cassettes, and film to newer media at DiskBank, DVDs and USB drives are our most popular output options. Depending on what you are looking to do with your old media we will help you select which output suits you the best. A DVD is a type of optical media shaped like a disc that stores data, these are best used when looking to play your old media out of a TV or if you regularly use a DVD player. USB is an interface used for connecting peripherals to a computer, USBs are easily portable, and the data can be easily shared and stored on a personal device.

DVDs are a great choice for you if you own and use your DVD player, or if you have a laptop/computer with a DVD port. Otherwise, DVD players are not as common to find outside of the home. The benefits of converting to a DVD include large storage, portability, relatively inexpensive and high quality of sound and resolution. DVD capacity size ranges from 1.4GB to 17GB. A DVD can roughly hold up to two hours of high-quality video and audio, with 8 audio tracks, 9 video angles, 32 subtitles and menu all in one disk. DVDs are easily portable and easy to store in the home.

However, the potential problems associated with DVDs can include getting easily scratched and being outdated as people move to a more digital approach to media.

USB drives are a type of flash memory that stores information so that it can be displayed on personal computers. Compared to other storage devices such as compact disks and floppy disks, USBs are much smaller in size. In today’s world most computers and personal devices are equipped with USB technology. It is one of the most used interfaces for connecting information and media to personal devices.

Some benefits of USB drives include cost, speed, size and compatibility. USB drives are relatively affordable when compared to most other external storage devices. The cost of storage varies depending on the amount of space available. As a result, it is easily affordable to those on a limited budget. USB drives have reasonably fast transfer rates because they do not require any kind of internet connection. However, various factors influence speed, including USB version, hardware bus, and USB controller device. The most useful feature of USB drives is the way it can be reused, and information can be removed and kept on personal devices to make room for new information. This also makes it easy for information to be shared with friends and family once on a personal device.

However, while the chances are slim, there is a possibility of USB drives corrupting if there is malware (virus) on your personal device. USBs also do not last forever. There is a limitation in the number of read and write cycles. This is roughly found to be around 100000 cycles. After this period, the USB drive is more likely to fail. Whilst neither DVD or USB is a better option, there are pros and cons to each and we will help you find what is best suited to you.

At DiskBank, we give you the option to transfer your precious memories to DVD, CDs, USBs or hard drives, with DVDS and USBs being the most popular options. If you are unsure of which output is the most suited to you, we can help you with that and offer our expert opinion. If you have any further questions or are looking into getting your old media transferred, feel free to contact us on (08) 9388 0800 or visit us in store at 4/73 Troy Terrace Jolimont, WA 6014 to get started on your transfers.