I am sure this question has been asked before, but which Factory of CDR makers is the best? I have some stuff stored, that I would really like to keep for a long time. I am not one of those people who throw their CDs around. All of my important CDR’s are in cases or sleeves. But I have heard of certain manufacturers whose CDRs loose their chemical formula, etc., and the CDR becomes partially/fully unreadable. Now, the one factory that I know is suppose to be very good is Taiyo Yuden Company Limited. But after that, I am a little confused. A while back, I ran into a site dedicated to CD Media, which is http://www.cdmediaworld.com and they actually did a CDR quality test, which is here http://www.cdmediaworld.com/hardware/cdrom/cd_quality.shtml
Now it looks as though this test is a little out of date, but Taiyo Yuden is considered good by them as well. But, the confusion for me begins at Ritek. Basically, on this site, ALL of Ritek’s CDRs were considered VERY BAD, and they all failed the aging test. However, reading on some other places/forums, I have seen people say that Ritek along with Taiyo Yuden are the BEST. This is very confusing to see one where it says WORST and the other say BEST. If anyone can clear this up, I would appreciate it.
Also, if anyone could look thru the following list, and rate what they think of these Manufacturers, it would help me greatly.
- Taiyo Yuden (I have heard VERY GOOD)
- Kodak (I have heard VERY GOOD, but they have stopped producing)
- Ricoh (I have heard VERY GOOD)
- CMC Magnetics (I have heard BAD and OK)
- TDK (I have heard OK and GOOD)
- Mitsubishi (I have heard OK)
- Ritek (I have heard VERY BAD and VERY GOOD)???
- Fornet (I have heard VERY BAD)
- Mitsui Toatsu Chemicals (I have heard VERY GOOD)
- Princo (I have heard BAD)
- FUJI Photo Film (I have heard OK)
- Hitachi Maxell, Ltd. (I have heard OK)
- Prodisc (I have heard OK and GOOD)
- Multi Media Masters & Machinery SA (I have heard VERY BAD)
- Seantram Technology (I have heard VERY BAD)
- Gigastorage Corp. (I have heard VERY BAD)
I know this is a lot of companies, but I wanted to be very thorough. I have run accross EVERY single one of these companies at one point or another. And I want to know what everyone thinks of them, so that I can transfer some important information from one of these BAD manufacturers to a GOOD one. Thank You.