Gigastorage Corp. any good?

Wanted to know if this looks promising, should I buy these, i burrowed one from my friend:

According to CDRIdentifier

ATIP: 97m 28s 15f
Disc Manufacturer: Gigastorage Corp.
Reflective layer: Dye (Short strategy; e.g. Phthalocyanine)
Media type: CD-Recordable
Recording Speeds: min. unknown - max. unknown
nominal Capacity: 702.83MB (79m 59s 74f / LBA: 359849)

Also, how about this:

ATIP: 97m 26s 66f
Disc Manufacturer: CMC Magnetics Corp.
Reflective layer: Dye (Short strategy; e.g. Phthalocyanine)
Media type: CD-Recordable
Recording Speeds: min. unknown - max. unknown
nominal Capacity: 702.83MB (79m 59s 73f / LBA: 359848)

The CMC discs will be marginal at best. As for the Gigastorage, burn one with your LiteON LTR-52246S and report back with a Kprobe scan :smiley:

ATIP start of lead in: -02:31:60 (sector: -11385)
ATIP start of lead out: 79:59:74 (sector: 359999)
Manufacturer code: 97 28 15 - Gigastorage Corporation (Type: 5)

Drive Type = CD-RW
Disc Type = CDR
Material = Phthalocyanine
Lead In = 97:28:15
Lead Out = 79:59:74
Nominal Capacity = 702.83MB
Manufacturer Maybe = Gigastorage Corporation
SMART-BURN Speed Limit = 40X (Write)

There still are a couple of blank Gigastorage CDRs remain in my “vault”,
but I can’t seem to find those I’ve burnt.
I can only recall being surprised at their pretty good quality.
I mean I’d definitely prefer them over CMC, no doubt about it.

I need KProbe, some google links i got are all linked back to some cdfreaks thread but wont let me in. Says I don’t have permission to access the site.

Got any links to download it.

Also, I saw some screenshots of it, how do I read it, don’t really understand what the graph means?

Originally posted by xtacydima

Got any links to download it.

Kprobe, LiteOn testing tool

ok here goes

Originally posted by xtacydima

ok here goes

Good.
You should update your FW to 6S0F and then rescan the CDRs @40. Enjoy the difference. :wink:

So based on that, which cd dye is better. CMC is Gigastorage?

Why should I update my FW, the drive works remarkably as it is now.

Originally posted by xtacydima

So based on that, which cd dye is better. CMC is Gigastorage?

Why should I update my FW, the drive works remarkably as it is now.
CMC.

If you say so.

Originally posted by xtacydima
Why should I update my FW, the drive works remarkably as it is now.

You have nothing to lose by giving the new firmware version a go. Get two or three identical discs and burn one with the old firmware, one with the new firmware and compare the Kprobe scans. Most likely the new firmware version will outperform the old one.

Originally posted by terminalvelocd

Most likely the new firmware version will outperform the old one.
It goes without saying.

How do I read the graph, whats indictive of good vs. bad?

A good disc will have no C2 errors. With regards to C1 errors, an average of 10.0 or less throughout the entire disc or better is good, and discs with less than a 1.0 average being EXCELLENT!

Wow, even the CMC had an avg of about 20 I would say and 1 peak at 35, I have never seen a graph with results below 1.0, I am just worried to update firmware because I read it sometimes causes more instability and errors. I will think about it.

Originally posted by terminalvelocd

A good disc will have no C2 errors. With regards to C1 errors, an average of 10.0 or less throughout the entire disc or better is good, and discs with less than a 1.0 average being EXCELLENT!

Originally posted by xtacydima

Wow, even the CMC had an avg of about 20 I would say and 1 peak at 35,

I have never seen a graph with results below 1.0.
xtacydima, let me clarify one thing here :

C1 Max between 10 and 50 are good discs, less then 10 - excellent discs !
C1 Average less then 1.0 - top quality, less than 0.2 - excellent stuff !

The C1 Total & C1 Average are the most important values, not the peaks ( i.e. C1 Max )

And here’s the C1 Average that is even less than 0.05,
thanks to C1 Total which are few ! :wink:



@BoSkin

Ahhh, now its perfectly understood. That clarifies beautifully. Thank You ever so much. I will test my TY to see how well they do. Maybe I will consider a FW upgrade if they don’t do so well.

P.S. - Does the FW upgrade influence read errors, or writing as well.

Thanx again :bigsmile:

Edit:

I just realized, Kprobe is awesome cause it identifies mfg and dye, cdrIdenifier is no longer updated so this tool is AWESOME.

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WoW, my TDK dark blue dye did awesome, an AVG of 1.2 and I noticed they are most compatible with everything.
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Updated to 6S0F

Gigastorage is now giving me NO C2 errors and Avg=2.327

So I guess there is improvement after all. I guess both CMC and gigastorage are ok.

CMC now avg at 12 why did it get worst after FW update? Although I used a diff disc cause I gave away the one I tested with Avg of 8, could that be why?

Originally posted by xtacydima

I just realized, Kprobe is awesome cause it identifies mfg and dye, cdrIdenifier is no longer updated so this tool is AWESOME.

Originally posted by BoSkin

CDSpeed > Extra > Disc Info

the latest CDDVD Speed is 2.11

…here’s the list of the manufacturer ( & more ) ID utilities :

SmartBurn 3.16

Feurio 1.66 ( CD Writer > Extras > Output ATIP info )

Nero CDSpeed ( Extra > Disc Info ), Nero InfoTool ( Disc tab ) - both can be found here

CDR Identifier 1.63

KProbe ( Disc Info tab )

CD Doctor ( Info tab )

Originally posted by BoSkin
[B]xtacydima, let me clarify one thing here :

C1 Max between 10 and 50 are good discs, less then 10 - excellent discs !
C1 Average less then 1.0 - top quality, less than 0.2 - excellent stuff !

The C1 Total & C1 Average are the most important values, not the peaks ( i.e. C1 Max )

And here’s the C1 Average that is even less than 0.05,
thanks to C1 Total which are few ! :wink:

[/B]

Could you possibly elaborate about the Fornet CDRs?

Originally posted by NOVA

Could you possibly elaborate about the Fornet CDRs?
What exactly are you interested in ?

Those were about 4 y.o. Traxdata 8x ‘Data protected double guard’

Drive Type = CD-RW
Disc Type = CDR (B-)
Lead In = 97:26:00
Lead Out = 74:56:00
Nominal = 658.30MB (74m 56s 00f/LBA:337050)
Manufacturer = Fornet International Pte. Ltd.
Cur. Speed = Wrt(16X),Rd(52X)

Drive Type = CD-RW
Disc Type = CDR
Material = Cyanine
Lead In = 97:26:00
Lead Out = 74:56:00
Nominal Capacity = 658.30MB
Manufacturer Maybe = Fornet International Pte. Ltd.
SMART-BURN Speed Limit = 16X (Write)