I want to buy some re-writable media for daily and weekly backup of important data. By most accounts DVD-RAM is far more reliable than DVD + or -RW. I can get 15-packs of Panasonic 4.7GB 3x DVD-RAM media for $20+shipping. How good is this stuff, and is it worth spending more to get something that might possibly be better? The best prices I’ve found for 4.7GB Maxell or Verbatim DVD-RAM media are ~$3 a disk.
Any input you can offer on this subject will be most appreciated.
I still think that using DVD-RW will provide the most hassle-free compatibility, since it creates a very standard, compliant VIDEO_TS folder setup, which can be opened by DVD Shrink and other free apps.
I do understand some of the benefits of DVD-RAM, I am just not sure the tradeoff in compatibility is worth it for most people, unless you have Ulead DVD MovieFactory. If I was working with free tools only, I’d be all about DVD-RW.
For data backup there’s no contest though, DVD-RAM wins that battle. That’s my only plans for the media.
BTW, the Panasonic 3x discs I ordered from their site are M01J3003 and the 5x discs are M01J5006. And for what it’s worth, the 5x discs scanned better than the 3x discs using a Liteon to do PIE/PIF tests, although all discs I tested scanned very well (including a 3x disc that I wrote/erased/rewrote to about a dozen times to check what differences there might be vs. a fresh burn). Burn quality with the 3x discs was very similar between a Pioneer 111, Liteon 165P6S, and 2 Benq 1670s. I know that these tests are less relevant with DVD-RAM media because of the way that they function, but I thought I’d mention it.