[QUOTE=Francksoy;2191493]That, and perform C1/C2 scans to be aware of any possible issues with the original burning quality. When it’s really bad, the disc can actually become unreadable very fast.
Verbatim CD media are not on par with their DVD media IMO, specially when it comes to stability. Nevertheless, they are supposed to be at least very decent. Such an unexpectedly short lifespan means either a really bad burn, or a defective medium, or awful handling/storing conditions. Or a combination of all of the above of course.
Beware, though, sometimes such things can well be, merely, a first sign that the burner is aging! There again, scanning for C1/C2 will prevent much trouble.
A disc on the verge of becoming very had to read, can still return no errors in a “verify” pass just after the burn, or play without audible issues at that time. But the issues will show in proper tests. Sometimes a simple transfer rate test is largely enough.[/QUOTE]
Thanks for all the responses. I happened to have 4 more discs on hand that were burned on the same drive but only about 2 months ago. 3 were burned on the Verbatim Glossy White Top blanks from the same batch I as the one I had the original problem with and the 4th was burned on a Memorex non-white top blank. Interestingly enough, both the Verbatim and the Memorex blanks I have on hand were both manufactered by “CMC Magnetics” as I mentioned in my previous post.
All 3 of the Verbatim White Tops that I burned 2 months ago are now showing the same defect as the one burned to the same type of blank 5 months ago. The one burned to the Memorex blank at the same time two months ago shows no errors at all now on the disc quality test.
I have attached the scans of all 5 burns, all of different original CDs to illustrate the problem. Burn5month is the original Verbatim burn that I posted about yesterday and that was made 5 months ago. Burns 1-3 were done on the same type Verbatim White Top Glossy - Ink Jet Printable blanks only 2 months ago. Burn4 was done on the Memorex blank at the same time as Burns 1-3.
The scans from the bad discs are nearly identical as you can see. It seems pretty clear to me from this data that the problem is with the Verbatim White Top Blanks that i got. If anyone has a different interpretation I will certainly appreciate hearing it however.