Blank Media & Accessories

The number of different forms of media available can literally make a person's head swim. On a daily basis, people use media formats like MP3s, MP4s, PDFs, DVDs, CDs, Blu-ray discs — the list is seemingly endless. Although all of this media is available virtually through the Internet via websites, streaming services and elsewhere, there are times when you find things that you want to keep, whether it's personal items like photos, documents and videos or commercial media that you want to be able to play whenever you want. Blank media and accessories make this possible. 

What types of blank media items are available?

Some of the types of blank media items include:

  • CD-Rs 
  • CD-RWs
  • DVD-Rs
  • DVD-RWs
  • BD-Rs
  • BD-RWs
  • Mini DVD Rs
  • Mini DVD RWs
  • VHS tapes
  • Betamax tapes
  • Cassette tapes
  • Floppy disks
  • Flash cards
  • USB memory sticks 

This is by no means a complete list but it is some of the most commonly used and known. Discs with an "R" are recordable but only once. Discs with an RW are rewritable and can be used to copy media several times. BD-R and BD-R are Blu-ray discs. 

What kind of accessories work best with blank media?

Some essentials when working with blank media include: 

  • Storage cases 
  • Drive head cleaner
  • Lens cleaning supplies
  • Disc cleaning supplies

Disc repair kits If you use a DVD player, CD player, Blu-ray player or computer drive to record media, a drive head cleaner disc or lens cleaner disc can help the devices work better. Disc repair kits can sometimes help unplayable discs work well enough to record the data on them to another disc.