]I make a vital correction - Arache is right on the money as well, thankyou
Now, that being said, I have a feeling I'm doing something wrong when I burn media - I go through so many coasters it's unbelievable I originally suggested it's a bad brand I got - But I think it's more than that
The discs I have used are: (DVD-R)
Bulkpaq, RiDisc Maxell, RiVision... Maybe another brand, but my chances of decent success is few and far between - Only Maxell have proven to be decent enough to be reliable. Only two discs were faulty skipped out of the 60 I've used, maybe more. (RitekF1 dye, all the rest were CMC MAG AM3)
Pioneer and CMC were never a good combo as I learned, so I'm wondering (since the burner was such an old one if it was the firmware installed was kack - Because only HALF of the CMC MAG discs verified successfully - I probably threw away more Bulkpaq RiDisc and RiVision discs than I did actually keep. Frustrating, but an expensive lesson learned. :Z
Interestingly though the CMC MAG discs I did actually burn on my DVD recorder are still perfectly playable - But on my now defunct Pioneer burner, they didn't verify or verified really slowly. They might have been playable.
Even though CMC MAG discs might have been excellent all rounder discs - And I'm more than ready to give then another try - They just wern't on my Pioneer burner. In short, they sucked! :Z
Different things work for different burners. I know for CMC discs stay away from Pioneer burners AND do away with their DVD-R. Their quality control is too inconsistent to be reliable.
CMC MAG CD-R, however, are perfectly acceptable, but since I invested in a MP3 player, I rip all of my CD tracks onto my MP3, and then another copy done on FLAC copied over onto my portable hard drive, or otherwise downloading from the internet. I don't listen to CDs anymore
As for data storage... Well CD-R in practicality should be used for short term storage only - I ALWAYS make duplicates of data, along with a master on my hard drive, and a copy on my external. Call me cautious As of such, I always buy the cheapest CD-R brand out there, designed for short term use only - But the amount of failure rate for Arita is downright diabolical :a
I only really by CD-Rs if I'm making audio CD copies for other people - Quality isn't really imperative as it's not that precious I always like to have a stack of CD-Rs though, just in case
(EDIT: CMC CD-R brands used - Datasafe, ASDA's own, RiDisc, HP, etc)
Ritek CD-R for me - Garbage. Nuff said. In summary: Ritek for DVD-R and CMC for CD-R (very little failures with CMC CD-R :iagree: )