[QUOTE=Francksoy;2081923]I totally agree. Polls for “best longevity” will mainly show only favorite media, not media actually tested for longevity, even less since very few members actually test for stability.
I see things in reverse actually, even in my everyday use of media: it’s easier to pinpoint inherently unstable media and name it, than declare something as stable, because even the best media can become unstable under specific conditions (lousy burn, lousy storing, high humidity, lousy handling…).
So far, I found to be unstable or suspect in my own collection of well burnt and carefully stored media:
TDK003 - made in Luxembourg (slow degradation, all)
TTH02 - made in Luxembourg (slow degradation, some)
RITEKG05 (very fast degradation, all)
RITEKG04 (fast degradation, most)
TYG02 (slow degradation, 3 discs out of 200)
MBIPG101 R04 (all under the RICOH brand, none under the IMATION brand)
TDKG0200 - made in Taiwan (only overspeeded discs degrade)
All the rest I’ve used gives no sign of degradation. There are too many brands and MIDs to be cited here. LOL
A notable exception: ALL discs (including some of the best -R around) written in a JVC DR-M10 standalone recorder are degrading. Fast. But they were very lousy burns to start with, which backs up my previous explanation about lousy burns probably being more prone to degradation than good burns.[/QUOTE]
Hi there! Newbie here, still very much learning but it would be really helpful if the few people could say which discs haven’t degraded, maybe not a poll as you say, but assuming good burns & correct storage. That’s what I care most about tbh, I don’t mind the odd coaster but for data backups longevity seems the most important to me. Most of my data is on RITEK G04/5 so will definitely be getting some more discs to copy them in case they become unreadable, if they aren’t already.