First, allow me to say that I am a CloneDVD/CloneDVD2 and AnyDVD user for a few years now and I have made quite a few succuessful DVD backups with this software combination. I really like both of these applications.
Lately I have had an unusually high number of failed DVD copies and I am not certain as to why. I am familiar with most of the issues that can contribute to failed burns, but I am stumped now.
I am using a fairly new Sony RW DVD DRU 820A DVD Writer. (New in June 2006). Firmware is up-to-date. As for media, like most when I started out with DVD burning I used whatever media was on sale locally. I did learn eventually that the DVD media used is one of the most important factors in quality burns. After reading a lot here and at VideoHelp.com about various media, I started using Ritek Ridata 4X DVD+R media, which was highly recommended here at CD Freaks at the time, and I enjoyed about two years of excellent quality and success rates with my burns. Then I was using an HP 300c DVD Writer.
After getting a new PC with this Sony 820a, I moved to the same type of media - Ritek Ridata - but at a different speed, 8X, to match the new writer. My first 15 burns out of a cakestack of 100 Ritek’s were non-playable on just about any DVD player, though they played just fine on my PC. After making sure that my firmware was current I decided that I probably just got a bad batch. Still, I decided to read all I could about DVD media again and discovered that Ritek media was no longer considered to be all that. I did see that Taiyo Yuden was considered by many to be the top of the line. So I bought a stack of those and I still am getting burns at a success rate of about 10 - 15% using CloneDVD2 and AnyDVD. I tried an old stack of Playo that one of my children got me as a gift - I thought they were about the lowest brand available. Yet I got a higher success rate with them. At first I got 12 good burns in a row. Now, however, the failure rate with them is about the same.
So I am tossing about 9 out of every 10 DVD’s away. Plus, I have to test-view every burn now.
I am running a new Falcon Northwest PC with a dual core AMD 4400+ processor, 2 GB of Corsair RAM, and gads of hard drive space.
Has anyone heard anything about the Sony DRU DL 820A not burning well? Any other suggestions?