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Blu-ray: Burn and Store Large Data Folders to Disc

Even though there are a lot of flash and externals drives available, sometimes you need to burn large quantities of data to disc. Here’s how to burn data to blank Blu-ray discs.

Of course you’ll need to have a Blu-ray drive installed in your computer. Here I’m burning several operating system and Office ISO files to the disc to share with a colleague. It’s easiest to put all of your data into one folder.

folders

The total size of this folder is just under 12 GB – much to large for a single DVD.
properties

Place a blank BD-RE or BD-RW disc into your Blu-ray burner. If you have AutoPlay enabled, click Burn Files to Disc.

AutoPlay

Give the disc a memorable title and select Like a USB Flash Drive or With a CD/DVD Player — depending on how you want to use it. Click Next.

Name Disc

A balloon notification pops up letting you know there’s files waiting to be burned. Click on the message.

files to burn

If AutoPlay doesn’t come up, just drag and drop your folder to the drive.

copy to drive

Alternately, right click the folder and select your Blu-ray drive from the context menu. In this case it’s (D:).

Send To

Since I’m moving a lot of data, I decided to use TeraCopy to move the files to the blank BD-RE faster.

teracopy

That’s all there is to it. Keep your disc in a safe place for storage or hand it off to your coworker. The only caveat is you’ll need a Blu-ray drive installed to read the data on the disc.

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3 Responses to Blu-ray: Burn and Store Large Data Folders to Disc

  1. Taos January 29, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    How much can Blu ray hold vs. DVD? Also how long to fill those up? Hmm last question. How much are those discs?

  2. Brian Burgess January 29, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    A typical BD-RE (Blu-ray Disc Recordable) holds 25GB of data. They vary in price. You can find a pack of 25 online for around $20

    • shockersh January 29, 2012 at 9:15 am #

      Not bad. About half a Terabyte for $20. Not bad!

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