I have a large number of archive transfer CDs on the way. (Over 6,000) I currently have a few Optiarc 7240S’s which are pretty good readers just based on my own experience. Some of these disks are going belly up which is why I’ve offered to attempt to recover them all and get them onto new media as well as into different formats.
So, here’s the question. In the ever-present sea of new writers, who’s writers are currently regarded as being very decent CD readers? I’m also interested to know who’s writers do best writing CD media, but that’s secondary as the recovery of the already written media at this juncture. I’d just as soon use writers, but will consider read-only drives as well. I’d like to add a couple other brands and/or models to the Opti’s I already have to increase the possibility of recovering disks that are showing C2 errors.
I currently don’t own a tape backup, but that aside, these recovered files will be written to both CD-R as CD-A files and as WAV files to DVD and HDD. I have a few thousand TY CD-R’s on the shelf right now, but will eventually be making the move to Falcon Pro and perhaps some Falcon Century for archival backups. The Century media is very expensive, but then again, so is my time. Pawing over thousands of disks doing quality scans even semi-annually is not an option. I need to know I’m writing decent disks on decent media the first time out.
So, just for the sake of clarity, the first and most important question here is, beyond the 7240Ss I already own, what other writers can I add that may recover disks that are giving C2 errors on the 7240S?