The 10 Best BD-R Discs
This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in October of 2016. If you are looking for a convenient form of archival media in order to free up your hard drive, then consider using BD-R discs. Able to store a large volume of high resolution video, audio, images and other data, they provide reliable, long-term safekeeping for all your important files. You'll find varying capacities and prices to meet any need and budget. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
April 12, 2019:
Not all Blu-Ray discs are created equally. First of all, different media manufacturers use slightly different encoding techniques which may or may not be suitable for all purposes. For example, Smart Buy discs are decently priced and great for file archival, but generally speaking, their 50-gigabyte options don't do well with single, large video files stretched across the entire capacity. Another big difference is the number of layers. Most currently available discs use 25-gigabyte layers, though that standard was increased to about 33 gigabytes, and uses the relatively new BDXL encoding protocol. 25 gigabytes means a single layer BDR disc, and 50 gigabytes means a dual, but 100 gigabytes actually means a triple-layer BDXL-format disc. So if you'll be using a 100-gigabyte disc, ensure that your equipment is capable of using the BDXL standard. For what it's worth, most new devices are.
If you're going for reliability and long-term storage, it's hard to argue with anything from Verbatim, as long as you can afford it. They're by far the most well-known optical media manufacturer, and they have a slew of different options available for different purposes, offered in a range of package sizes with various printable and non-printable labels. And if you're looking for performance, it's hard to top Sony's products, as they go to great lengths to ensure the fastest possible write speeds.