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Are DVDs or Flash Drives Best If I Convert VCR To Digital?


By Jamey Nordby - December 22, 2019

Are you planning to convert VCR to digital? Are you wondering which storage method is best for you? These days, you can choose between DVDs and flash drives. So, which is the right choice when it comes to digitizing your memories? 

Why Should I Choose DVD?

DVDs are not new. Originally released into the mainstream back in the late 1990s, they rapidly became the go-to format. Over the past decade, their use has declined somewhat. However, they remain one of the viable options for anybody who wants to store his or her family memories digitally. 
There are several reasons to choose the DVD storage format:
  • They are a proven technology. They’ve been around for more than two decades.
  • DVDs are sleek and compact. This makes it easy to transport or store them.
  • The hardware on which to play them is still available.
There are a few downsides to bear in mind, too:
  • There is limited storage space.
  • The hardware won’t be available forever.
  • DVDs aren’t secure. Anybody who has the right equipment can play them.

Why Should I Choose A Flash Drive?

Flash drives (or thumb drives, as they’re sometimes known) appeared in the early days of the 2000s. They replaced the 3.5-inch floppy disk, and people were surprised by the amount of storage they offered. Today’s flash drives are smaller than ever before. They also have much higher storage capacity. Some can hold several terabytes of information. There are several reasons why you should opt for the flash drive storage option:
  • Because of their small size, they are very portable.
  • They offer lots of storage space. Some offer several terabytes of memory.
  • They are very easy to use.
  • Thanks to integrated protections, they are secure.
  • They are fast and capable of transferring files rapidly, even with no Internet connection.
There are a few downsides, however:
  • Although they’re portable and compact, they’re physical objects that you can lose.
  • They are vulnerable to malware attacks.
  • Corruption can occur to the files if the drive isn’t properly ejected or left plugged in for too long.

Is There Another Option?

These days, there’s a third solution available to those who want to preserve their memories. The cloud offers a convenient option. There are several advantages to choosing the cloud:
  • It has immortal storage. The hardware will never be obsolete, so you can access videos forever.
  • It’s convenient. You can access it at any time and in any place.
  • When you have a speedy Internet connection, you can access your downloads effortlessly and speedily.
  • You can easily share files with others without needing to transmit them to physical devices.
Of course, there are a few negatives to consider as well:
  • The cloud is still vulnerable to hacking.
  • If you have no Internet connection, you can’t access your files.
  • The download speed can only ever be as good as the Internet speed and service that you’re using.
Bear all these things in mind when you’re ready to convert VCR to digital. With this information at your fingertips, you can make a well-informed decision about which option is right for you.
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