I just ordred a 3520 yesterday which should be coming in from new egg early next week. In the meantime though I would like to purchase some media and get that ordered so they arrive at the same time.
So the quesitons is, what media to get. From browsing this NEC fourm so far it looks like Taiyo-yuden, verbatim, and ritek ridata are all ranked pretty good for this drive. I found these links below from different companies. I am curious which one you guys think is better. They seem to be about the same price after shipping and rebates.
The Taiyo-yuden ones from here....
Or the verbatim ones from here.....
I know people have also said that sometimes you can burn faster than the label says. So the qustion is, does anyone have any experience with either of these two and burn speeds? The Taiyo-Yuden is rated at 4x and the Verbatium is rated at 8x. Just curious if anyone has gotten these to burn faster than that. I guess I am like everyone else, I want the fastest speed possible with the best quality results.
I have also read that dvd-'s are more compatable with stand alone players than dvd+'s. The Taiyo-Yuden are -'s and the Verbatiums are +. I am curious if anyone has had any compatability problems with the Verbatium +R's working on stand alone players?
Also as a last question. It looks like the Taiyo-Yuden have metalic silver tops. So the qustion is, can you write on these with a felt tip marker? I do not have a printer that can handle discs, so writing on them is my only means of identifying them. If this is a bad practice, does anyone have any ideas on how to better label them?
Thanks you in advance for putting up with my newbie questions...