Best DVD RW media

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#1

I wish to use rotating DVD RW media to backup my notebook. I am using Norton Ghost 2003. The optical drive is:

Pioneer DVR-K16 Slim-line Internal DVD/CD Writer
Write Speed:
DVD - RW 6x, 4x, 2x, 1x
DVD + RW 8x, 2.4x

I may also use them to make temporary video DVDs.

Any suggestions on the best media to use, + or -, and speed? (Using Ghost I have no control over the write speed that I am aware of.) I am thinking of using Verbatim -RW 4X.

Thanks much.


#2

Verbatim RW should be good. :slight_smile:
As you have a slim burner I’m not sure whether 6x DVD-RW or 8x DVD+RW would be a good idea. But you could try your luck with it. :slight_smile:


#3

Verbatim 6x DVD-RW and 4x DVD-RW are very good.

Ricoh 8x DVD+RW, Ricoh 4x DVD+RW and Verbatim 4x DVD+RW are also very good.


#4

Verbatim 4X ±RW is good an enough for you. My slim dvd burner wrote discs in a Z-CLV(2X-4X-6X-8X), 8X is only 3 minutes(13min) faster than 4X Z-CLV(2X-4X).

I like to use half-height dvd burner. :wink:


#5

I ended up ordering 2 10/PKs of Verbatim CD-RW, 700MB, 80 Minutes, 4X-12X High Speed media. Since the maximum DVD-RW write speed is 6x for this drive, I imagine they will record at 6X.

Thanks for all the help. :clap:


#6

So you didn’t want to use DVD media after all? :confused:

Since the maximum DVD-RW write speed is 6x for this drive, I imagine they will record at 6X.
No, it will most likely burn your High-Speed CD-RW media at 10x which is the standard speed for such media (12x is technically speaking “overspeeding” so few drives do that).


#7

Thanks for pointing this out. I ordered the wrong media. I missed that it was CD and not DVD. I want to use DVD, not CD. Right now I can do an image file BU on 2 DVDs. I do not want to go through a bunch of CDs. I did a search at Amazon for “Verbatim DVD-RW” and this was one of the options.

I am frustrated at this point. Any suggestion on exactly where to buy the best RW DVDs for this purpose?


#8

I see Rima has:

Verbatim DVD-RW 4.7GB, 4X, Branded, 10-Pack (94836)
Code: 1874
Price: $14.00

Is this the way to go?


#9

I prefer DVD+RW over DVD-RW for rotating backups because the + format is better for multi-session burns (burning some files and later adding more files).

If yo’re going to use those discs for multi-session backups, then I’d suggest buying the Verbatim 4x DVD+RW discs from Rima instead at $22 for a 30-pack.

If you’re only going to use your discs for single-session burns, then the DVD-RW discs will do just fine.


#10

These are the drive specifications from Pioneer that I posted at the top of the thread:

Pioneer DVR-K16 Slim-line Internal DVD/CD Writer
Write Speed:
DVD - RW 6x, 4x, 2x, 1x
DVD + RW 8x, 2.4x

Pioneer DVR-K16 drive specs

It looks like I need to go with -RW 4x unless there is a good source of +RW 8x. Is there?

RIMA has these:

RIMA DVD+RW 8x


#11

The DVD+RW specification for your drive on that page isn’t correct and it doesn’t make sense to support 8x DVD+RW media and not 4x DVD+RW media.

If you look at the Product Brochure [PDF] at the same site, you will see that the drive supports 2.4x , 4x and 8x DVD+RW media!

The only 8x DVD+RW I can recommend are Ricoh 8x DVD+RW (RICOHJPN W21). The new Verbatim 8x DVD+RW could also be good but I haven’t tried them.

RiTEK 8x DVD+RW (RITEK 008) are not widely supported nor that impressive IMO. The RiData discs are most probably RiTEK so I wouldn’t buy them personally.


#12

The PDF is confusing:

[B]“MAIN FEATURES OF THE PIONEER DVR-K16
• 8X8 Writing Speed on DVD±R/RW, 24X on CD-R/RW and now 5X on DVD-RAM
• Supports DVD-R (Ver 2.0, General), 4X DVD-R, 8X DVD-R, DVD-RW (Ver 1.0, Ver 1.1, & Ver 1.2), 2X DVD-RW, 4X DVD-RW, 6X DVD-RW, DVD+R, 4X DVD+R, 8X DVD+R, DVD+RW, 4X DVD+RW, 8X DVD+RW, DVD-R (DL), DVD+R (DL), CD-R, Ultra-Speed CD-RW, Ultra-Speed + CD-RW, Multi-Speed CD-RW, High-Speed CR-RW”[/B]

At the first bullet it says “8X8 Writing Speed on DVD±R/RW”.
The second bullet says “Supports … 2X DVD-RW, 4X DVD-RW, 6X DVD-RW”.

Since these will be written multiple times as rotating backups with Norton Ghost 2003, it might be best to not push the speed and just go with the Verbatim DVD-RW 4x from Rima.

Any thoughts are very welcome. :confused:


#13

Norton Ghost 2003 doesn’t use multi-sessions, so DVD-RW and DVD+RW should in theory work equally well.

I have used DVD+RW for that purpose myself, but I find that I get less chance of something going wrong during the backup if I use recordable (not re-writable) media, so I tend to use that now. I don’t make a full system backup to DVD media that often, however, preferring instead to make daily “checkpoints” to harddisk with RestoreIT, weekly data backups to different media (DVD+RW, DVD-RAM and harddisk) and only make system images with Ghost or PQ Drive Image once in a while.


#14

I dont use Ghost (Acronis) so this might not apply, but I just do the ‘image’ to the hard drive and then just burn as data.

I also always do a full image as with Acronis you can go in to it and pull any file back out, and I have just had far less problems than with all of the other settings (inc and diff). You can also just format and start again if the need ever arises.


#15

The best media is probably DVD-RAM rather than DVD +/- RW. I don’t know if your drive supports it.

I have been using Tevion branded +RW (Aldi supermarket) for my weekly backups. Almost two years on, all of them are still readable. Good quality +R is supposed to be good for around 1000 writes.

E.S.


#16

rw’s are not known for long term stability.

i’d say use dvd+r verbs or just ghost your image to an external hd.


#17

Is Samsung Pleomax 4x +RW any good?

How about Sony 4x +RW?

I ask because both are easy to find at my local stores.


#18

I’d go for Verbatim +RW, or Drage also mentions Ricoh above.

I’ve got some pretty good quality scans from the 8x Verb +RW.

Edit: I think if I had to choose between the Sony and the Samsung though, I’d go for the Sony. But ideally, I’d go for the two suggestions I mentioned already. :wink:


#19

Sony 4x DVD+RW is either RICOHJPN W11 or SONY S11.
Good media, but not overwhelming. I had some MIT SONY S11 degrading at the edge. :frowning:


#20

I got PHILIPS 041 under Sony aswell.