Extreme newbie - media questions for the NEC 3520



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…


I would go with the Made in Japan 8X DVD+R Fuji/Yuden at Best Buy. $40 for a 100 pack. These should burn well @ 8X. You can write using felt-tipped permanent marker. Do not attach anything to the top of the DVD.



The best deal/quality would be the Verbatims from Newegg - and if you read the rebate carefully they allow THREE rebates per household-

Now - that’s a good deal-



So the Fuji ones that Bst Buy carries are actually Taiyo Yuden? Are these considered B class then or are they the premium ones?


Also I guess I should ask. How are each of these in terms of longevity? Which one will last longer under ideal conditions? Not looking for 100 years or anything. Just something like 5-10. Just don’t know the longevity of each one.


Yes, but you need to look for Made in Japan on the box. All my Fuji Yudens are “A” grade. I cannot test the media at 16X because I only have a 600 MHz PIII…CPU load maxed out around 14X. All the burns look great up to 12X.

Don’t think you will have any problem with longevity if you use Made in Japan media. For archiving, I would not exceed 8X. All my DVD backups are burned at 4X.


Can you post the info on the disc. I was in the media category and it looked like a lot of people were considering the Fuji discs to be B class and were having problems even reaching the 8x speed listed on the cake pan…here is the forum I am referring to…




I even have a tub of suspect 1125 TY lot (down to 14 discs now). No problem burning @ 4X, 8X, and 12X.

                        Media Information                            

Disc Regions are 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Media code/Manufacturer ID YUDEN000T02
Media Product Revision Number 00h
Format Type UDF 1.02
Volume Name EmpStrkBck
Application id
Implementation id AHEAD Nero
Recording Date/Time (mm/dd/yyyy) 3/ 2/2005 1:52:37
Format Capacity 4.25GB(4.57GB)
Book Type DVD-ROM
Media Type DVD+R
Manufacturer Rated Speed 8.0x 11080KBps
Data area starting sector 30000h
Data area end sector 22040Fh
Linear Density 0.267um/bit
Track Density 0.74um/track
Number of Layers 1

                       Complete Media Code                           

00000000 08 02 00 00 01 0F 02 00 00 03 00 00 00 25 04 0F …%…
00000010 00 00 00 00 00 00 03 59 55 44 45 4E 30 30 30 54 …YUDEN000T
00000020 30 32 00 38 23 54 37 10 02 4E 72 02 8C 63 16 16 02.8#T7…Nr…c…
00000030 0B 0B 0A 0A 01 19 1B 0C 0C 0C 0D 01 00 00 00 00 …