If you like to buy online, I most strongly recomend www.irma.com I among many others here tend to stick to Taiyo Yuden media as they are second to NONE. TY media is the standard that all others are compaired against. Where Ritek/Ridata is concerned, I’ll NEVER buy another piece of their media again. I bought a 50 peice spindle of the R03 media in inkjet white at a premium price, and ended up with less than 5 disks that were trustworthy in my oppinion. (The majority of the burns flat out FAILED a transfer rate test.) I don’t have the time or the money to worry about, “Did I get a good batch, or a bad batch. Should I return them, or suffer the loss ect.”
www.rima.com and TY for me from now on. Ok, well, I use Verbatim MKM A02 +RW’s and would consider other media such as Verbatim, but they tend to change up what plant different medias are manufactured in too, so it’s STILL a bit of a crap shoot. To the best of my knowledge, Taiyo Yuden doesn’t farm out ANY of their manufacturing to lesser companies like CMC Magnetics like just about EVERY other media manufacturer does. I don’t even use Fuji MIJ media, which is actualy TY, just branded by Fuji. Why buy disks that have been handled a second time for the branding process when this on occasion ALSO causes degradation in media quality? Rima, to the best of my knowledge, is the ONLY certified retailer of unbranded TY media on the USA.
I like Newegg, but where media is concerned, they aren’t my first choice. Look at their selection of TY media and you’ll understand why. Oh DAMN! They don’t even CARRY Taiyo Yuden media any more! Well, there you have it! If I need a major surgery, I don’t have my general practitioner perform it, and if I need media, I don’t buy it at Wallmart.