Since Lightscribe (and others like it) are dead, are there any laser-labeling solutions around?

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  1. Jayro
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    I'm asking because lightscribe discs are nearly impossible to find in shops now, and I'm iffy about buying them online.

    I hate using sharpies or inkjet for paying customers of mine, so that r you know of any, I'd like to know. :)
     
  2. jesterscourt

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    Lightscribe has been discontinued since 2013, and looking for blank media is running 2-6$/disc which is insane.
    LabelFlash was the competitor, and I can't find anything cheaper than 1.75$/disc ... plus you need a new drive to burn it, and the discs only come in a blue color.

    Why not look at getting a thermal printer? That way you aren't tied to proprietary media. It would be a one time cost for the printer (and the toner...) but it won't gouge you on the media, and you have a lessened likelihood of it being discontinued in the near term.
     
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    Try printing labels, if you want to be fancy you could use color.
     
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    I remember when i used to care about this lol. Man I can't believe lightscribe died.
     
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    Holy shit. I remember our desktop came with lightscribe compatibility, and while it was really neat, it was somewhat limited, but $2-$6 for a disc is fucking insane. I'm kinda glad I don't have to muck around with that anymore.
     
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    Light scribe discontinued? I... Didn't know.
     
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    I am sitting here wondering if I ever used such a thing beyond a proof of concept... I do not think I did.

    If handwriting or wobble inducing sticky label are not on the cards (or discs as the case may be) what about a stencil and some kind of sprayed paint?

    Personally the only things I really burn these days are documents and such from recovered drives or if I think it a wise idea for a machine I am fixing* (and with gigs of flash going for next to nothing these days...) so I tend to just stick them in a nice case and maybe do a nice label on a laser printer.


    *they say everybody forgets to back up once, I reckon some have taken to "that guy once recovered some deleted files from my camera, that will do".
     
  8. Jayro
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    I use external USB 3.0 SSDs for backups, I just have most of my bootable OS discs for PC repair on Optical, and I like them to have good-looking labels of what they are. Buying a thermal printer for discs sounds nice and promising, but I can't really justify the cost... I have a labelflash drive in an old laptop, I could probably get it to do "Disc T@2" (which I wish would have taken off more than it dd)