Ok so I’ve had links to this forum and I see you people know your stuff about dvd media. So I’ve bought 3 50x spindles of Maxell 16x 4.7GB DVD-R disks with the manufacture code RITEKF1. I’ve used about 75 disks by now out of them and just started to notice something about my disks. At first I thought it was dodgey burning but it figures it is not. I now burn all my disks at 6x speed because it gives the perfect looking burnt surface without seeing lots of lines and stuff with give the impression of a bad burn. Also it only takes 10 minutes on my Toshiba drive. I didn’t buy the, disks because they are 16x, I got them because they are Maxell and cheap so the is irrelevant.
But anyways onto the problem. If you look really carefully on the writable surface of the disk I notice a small dot about a millimeter in diameter. The position is random around the disk but always at the same distance from the edge of the disk (I think). Looking at it so light shines off it, it looks like a slight bubbly area on the disk where the plastic film has come up very slightly. Looking straight down at it, it appears to be a different colour to the burnt surface. And that is what scares me.
It appears as if the ‘bubble’ has stopped the disk from burning on that area. This very hard to see dot is on every disk which has been burnt with enough data to burn over that area. It took a long time to realize but I noticed that if you look VERY carefully at the disk before it is burnt you can see the little bubble of film. However you cant see it without the light reflecting off it.
So my question is are these disks dodgey? They are on every disk I burnt with enough data on and it happens in all 3 reels of dvds. Also Argos did a bad delivery and missed some products out, and then when we had them resent they sent us the wrong ones (which were the same disks which I ordered). Even these reels of disk have this mark on it! The mark is virtually impossible to take a photo of. Apparently the RITEKF1 die is supposed to be good.
I’ve reburnt my whole dvd collection with these and I really don’t want to do it again. I was already p’d off when I tried to backup some disks onto double layer and discovered they were corrupted at the layer break .
Also is there any chance I could have a heads up on roughly how long these disks will last?