Let me just say, I am now a believer in Taiyo Yuden. Oh my gosh, the difference is just unbelievable!
After burning ~20 Sonys, ~40 TDKs, ~50 Riteks recently for backups, I can say for certain they are all utter trash compared to Taiyo Yuden.
I only did quality tests on 2 Sonys and 3 TDKs, but I measured all ~50 Riteks I burned. Out of ALL those burns, my BEST disc was a Ritek (RITEK F16 001):
PIE: avg 11.11, max 34, total 176712
PIF: avg 0.04, max 3, total 4619
The very first Taiyo Yuden I burned:
PIE: avg 0.73, max 9, total 13054
PIF: avg 0, max 2, total 654
The best Ritek had 13.5x the total PIE errors and 7x the total PIF errors, and that pristine Ritek was the exception, not the rule! Most of my discs came out far worse than that one.
My worst measured disc was a TDK (CMC MAG M01):
PIE: avg 435.09, max 716, total 6738602
PIF: avg 1.20, max 13, total 148206
Of all the Riteks, only about 40% wrote better than my "minimum acceptable threshold" of:
PIE: avg 18, max 70, total 300000
PIF: avg 0.1, max 6, total 15000
(Most of my Ritek scans are posted at this page if anyone's interested.)
Now I think with the Taiyo Yuden I'm gonna have to raise (lower) that bar a LOT! :bigsmile: I got them at Rima.com for ~$35/100 shipped (ordered 2 100x spindles to save a little on shipping). The Riteks I got from Newegg.com for about $18.50/100 shipped, so they came in at just under 2x the cost of the Riteks. I feel like, for my important data, that's a bargain seeing that I got such a huge increase in quality.
Thanks guys (and gal) for your help in this! You're the best! :iagree: