These last few months i have been doing some major DVD burning…about 75 per month… When i first came to this forum i was amazed at all the different shit about blank media. So the question i have is what DVD+R or DVD-R should i be buying…i’ve been using memorex 4x forever and i have had not one fuckup…i mean ZERO coasters…but people continue to tell me taht memorex suck ass…are they wrong…am i just lucky with not having coasters…any help would be great…yah i’m sure i’m going to get flamed for this noobie post…so flame on
I use Taiyo Yuden 8x in both - and + R’s and the Ritek 8x -R’s in both my 3500’s and get excellent burns of my movie backups-
With Memorex - well it may be a crap shoot - I know that there are some quality issues and more importantly the longivity of the disc themselves-
Memorex uses many diffrent medias (taiyo yuden, cmcmag, ritek, ricoh, infodisk, philips, prodisk, tdk, princo, mcc, fuji etc.). Memorex dvd-r 2x disk can be taiyo yuden (considered one of the best) or princo (considered one of the worst) as well as a few others. When you go purchase the same exact package, it varies what you can get. Many people do not like memorex because they use so many diffrent medias in the same packaging. It is possible that the disks you have been using are very good quality disks but you may go later and get another pack of the same disks and get some of the worst (like princo).
Download the free version of dvdinfo pro
Use it to read the media code and you will know what lind of disks you have really been using. Brand doesn’t mater, only the media code does (the true manufacture and model of the disk).
Unique Disc Identifier : [DVD+R:CMC MAG-F01-000]
Disc Type : [DVD+R]
Manufacturer ID : [CMC MAG]
Manufacturer Name : [CMC Magnetics Corp.]
Media Type ID : [F01]
Product Revision : [Not Specified]
Disc Application Code : [General Purpose]
Recording Speeds : [1x , 2.4x , 4x]
Blank Disc Capacity : [2,295,104 Sectors = 4,482.6MB = 4.38GB (4.70GB)]
[DVD Identifier - http://DVD.Identifier.CDfreaks.com]
thats what they are man…good stuff>???
Ridata are those quality DVD’s… I notice a lot of people like Ritek Ridata…is there a difference?
CMC is well known for less than good medias-
what about the radiata
I have been very wrong with statements I’ve made in the past about media quality. Click on link in my signature.
ok this is the jist of it guys…i’m not going to go crazy with those japanese discs more or less i willl only be using these DVD-R’s for watching a movie once in a while…Memorex has worked for me so far…but i heard good things about Radiata and they are cheaper…has anyone else used radiata since they are a ritek remake i thought they would be good!
I haven’t used them but here are a few sugestions (not the only way to go, just a few safe ways). Fuji +r 4x and 8x disks seem to always be ricoh or taiyo yuden. I know people go out of their way to get taiyo yuden but if you happen to get some of the ricoh (01 or 02) they are still very good disks. Either way you are safe. Sony 4x and 8x, + or - seem to be pretty safe too. you might get sony, mcc (mitsubishi), ricoh or taiyo youden. To the best of my knoledge, they are all pretty good. You can probably pick any of these up locally.
Also keep an eye on the bargain basment forum here
There are lots of good deals posted and people often discuss what the media code is and how good they are.
You can look up media here to get an idea of what it is
Sorry, that should have read that I haven’t used the sony media code ones with the exception of one 25 pac which burned pretty good(though I hear that they are good). I have used some of the others.
Fyi, just on a side note, I have used some of those same cmcmag disks (rebranded khypermedia). All the burns were well enough under limits on a kprobe scan that they all play fine. Even though they were good enough to play, error rates were very high compared to good quality media. Cmcmag media can be very inconsistant. I have most of a 50 pac of cmcmag af1 that I cannot get to burn well enough to even play. Most of the older/slower cmcmag media is somewhat questionable it would seem(some of the new 8x stuff seems better though, been getting very good results with cmcmag e01 on my drive anyway).