I’m in about month 8 of my dvd recording odyssey. I am using Liteon 5005 and 5045. The 5045 works flawlessly “on the harddrive.” Both work pretty good on write once media. Getting material from the recorders to my computer to edit out ads is proving very frustrating.
I have used quality + and - media==imation, verbatim, maxell, fuji, and sony. Some don’t work at all, some work great for 5-10 burns then fail==about 50% of failures is too many glitches==ie, dvd won’t play or sticks on a spot or 3-4-5 spots during replay. The other 50% are disks that once burned won’t play or won’t erase and are then useless. This is all after the disks recorded properly 4-5 times.
I am trying to just live and learn what works and I accept that maybe these disks just have a short life time and that would be “ok” if that was what everyone else experienced but I don’t see this problem posted elsewhere.
NOW, I just checked some of my earlier recordings==all confirmed good at the time of recording and about 2 out of 3 of about 100 have gone bad after 6 months. The media was generic and on sale but it burned and played at the time so I thought the 20% failure rate on initial burn was “ok” but I since moved to TY and failure rate is near zero. The failed disks are Must001 according to dvd identifier–they have gained a gray sheen and are unreadable. Makes me afraid my TY’s and TDK’s may fail in a year and that would make this whole process “really bad!”
I had similar experience 3 years ago burning cd’s. Not a happy camper until I upgraded the burner to one with “burn proof” and the experience turned from bad to good overnight. IT WAS THE EQUIPMENT—not me.
SO==is the same thing going on now with DvD’s==ie, just too early in maturity yet or are my Liteon’s just jinxed ((although same thing is true with my Ilo)). Are you guys having the same bad experience and just accepting it or what other thoughts might you have? ((About to go back to tape!!)) bobbo.