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Toast 17 (Titanium) Pro, with 64-bits still the must-have for archiving

Roxio once again has upgraded their optical media burning app for the Mac, Toast, and added some nifty and useful features in version 17. Obsolete, I hear you say? Not in a million years, at least not when you’re using M-Discs to record your valuable data. Toast 17 is a 64-bit app and it heavily focuses on what still is a booming market: video.

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The Carbon Copy Cloner 5 review and interview with Mike Bombich

Bombich Software recently released an upgrade to its backup and disk cloning application, Carbon Copy Cloner. Carbon Copy Cloner 5 offers complex task filtering, coaching tips, smarter pruning, task grouping and scheduling and more. It still allows you to create exact — bootable — clones of a startup disk and enables you to check if a backup or clone hasn’t been corrupted due to bit rot or other errors. And while I was at it, I had a short talk with Mike Bombich, the developer and publisher of Carbon Copy Cloner, on backing up, offloading and securing your backups.

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Verbatim and the M-DISC 100GB BDXL

Verbatim is the only manufacturer of optical media that makes dependable media. Even as they’re well over a decade old, their Archival Grade recordable DVDs and their recordable Blu-ray discs can still be burned and read without a glitch. I tested their M-DISC Blu-Ray disc that can hold a whopping 100GB.

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Archive your video projects on 100GB Blu-Ray with the OWC Mercury Pro Optical Drive

Ever since the late Steve Jobs declared war on optical discs for distributing music and movies, the industry and media have been telling us the optical disc is dead. Far from it, I’d say, especially if you think about whether you’re comfortable with entrusting your precious data with cloud service providers. There isn’t a month going by without a hack or a security breach, ransomware being demanded and other such alarming events. Backing up to optical media has its benefits. And with the right equipment and the media to match, your risk of data loss is considerably lower. The OWC Mercury Pro Optical Drive might fit the bill.

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Wiebetech Ultradock v5.5

UltraDock v.5.5 still is the best solution to hook up a bare disk drive to your Mac or PC. The UltraDock v.5.5 comes with a number of tricks that may appeal to a bigger market than the old v4 UltraDock.

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Roxio Toast 15 Pro offers great value

Do you still need to burn DVDs, Blu-Ray’s or CD’s even? With so many cloud storage services available, what’s the use of burning data onto optical media stored locally? One reason could be that you care about keeping all rights to your images, movies and other data with the party to whom these belong — you, the creator. Another is that optical discs are insensitive to magnetic fields, while the new M-Disc is virtually indestructible. Enter Toast 15, the latest version of the DVD/Blu-Ray burning software for the Mac. The Pro version includes the Blu-Ray HD authoring plug-in and a plethora of extra software.

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Roxio Toast Pro 15

Do you still need to burn DVDs, Blu-Ray’s or CD’s even? With so many cloud storage services available, what’s the use of burning data onto optical media stored locally? One reason could be that you care about keeping all rights to your images, movies and other data with the party to whom these belong — you, the creator. Another is that optical discs are insensitive to magnetic fields, while the new M-Disc is virtually indestructible. Enter Toast 15, the latest version of the DVD/Blu-Ray burning software for the Mac. The Pro version includes the Blu-Ray HD authoring plug-in and a plethora of extra software.