In the early days of computing, users depended on CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Rays to store valuable data. Whether you wanted to play a new game, install software, or backup and reinstall the operating system, it was possible to do so by inserting a small disk into an optical drive. Their storage capacity was often greater than what hard drives could support. However, most new PCs no longer come with an integrated drive. What is the reason for this? We will answer this burning question in a moment.
Size is important
Although optical drives were small, they still took up considerable physical space on computers. A standard CD is 4.7 inches in diameter. Compared to the size of laptops these days, that’s relatively large. Therefore, the first major reason new PCs don’t use DVD is simple. They are too big for the modern, slimmer design of computers.
Today, most of the people prefer laptops because of their functionality and portability. Therefore, they must be relatively light and smaller in size. If modern computers include the optical drive, transporting them would be cumbersome. For that reason, many manufacturers decided to remove the optical drive from computers entirely.
Less storage capacity
The storage capacity of CDs is around 700 megabytes. When DVDs hit the market, they could accommodate 4.7 gigabytes of data. Blu-Ray, which replaced DVDs, could hold 200 gigabytes. Using these media to store data is not enough for most people these days. Instead of a CD, people are now opting for a USB flash. The reason for this is that a 16 gigabyte USB is now available for about $ 12, depending on the retailer.
Simply put, DVDs and Blu-Rays don’t meet consumer digital storage needs these days and a meat drive, with the largest storage capacity, is cheaper.
Decreased demand for physical media
Physical media saw a boom at one point. Everyone used DVDs, CDs, MP3 players, etc. Later, digital devices became more compact and provided storage that could accommodate everything an average user would need. It was not necessary to listen to the special MP3 player when phones could store music.
Something similar happened with DVD and Blu-Ray. With an increased interest in streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu, there is no need to store a movie on a DVD. It occupies significant physical space in a home at a time when more and more people are turning to minimalism. Plus, it’s entirely possible to get the software you need without, for example, borrowing a CD from a friend.
As technology advances, items you previously couldn’t imagine living without have become obsolete.
Problems with the Blu-Ray format
Since its release, Blu-Ray has seen significant improvements. The main reason for most of the improvements was to prevent illegal content distribution. To prevent users from uploading a movie from Blu-Ray to a website for public sharing (a measure that can affect sales), manufacturers encoded the format to make loading and viewing difficult and therefore resistant to various illegal actions.
However, some older embedded units could not play these new and improved formats. For that reason, many consumers chose not to buy Blu-Rays for fear of spending money on something that their computer would not support. So while this move prevented illicit duplication, it also affected the sales of those Blu-Rays.
Although we’ve listed the top reasons new PCs don’t have DVD or Blu-Ray anymore, there are a couple of others worth mentioning.
First, it is important to note that the optical drive uses considerable power to function. Although this is not much, it does affect the battery life of the computer. Second, the size of the laptop directly affects the size of the motherboard. To accommodate the optical drive, a laptop’s motherboard must be significantly smaller, which limits performance.
Finally, the ease of access to the downloadable data is another factor. Most of the programs and media that users need today are available on the Internet in an on-demand format. Whether it’s technical software or a game, it’s possible to pay for it and use it in seconds. There is no reason to accumulate a pile of CDs with programs that you can use only once.
What to do with old DVDs and Blu-Rays?
If you have an extensive DVD and Blu-Ray collection, you are probably wondering what to do with them. Do you need to get rid of them completely? Fortunately, there is a solution. The answer is to create a digital library of that content. However, you need a computer with a built-in or external optical drive to do this. But just this once.
Once you insert the disc, you can copy the content to your computer. You can do this with DVD and Blu-Ray. In this way, you can use your computer or an external hard drive to store photos, movies, or music, which you can access at any time. As a bonus, you don’t have shelves full of dusty DVDs.
The discs are dying
Although it may sound terrible, the fact is that discs are slowly becoming obsolete. Optical drives tend to take up a lot of space, making computers bulky, which is no longer attractive. Also, the disks do not have the same storage capacity as USB flash drives or external hard drives. There are also security issues with the Blu-Ray format that discourage some users from purchasing it.
And you? Do you think computers are better without optical drives? Or do you still use DVD and Blu-Ray? Let us know in the comment section.