Thank you guys for all of your responses. As I said, I’m kinda new to all this ‘new’ technology and I guess that I’m somewhat amazed by it. I had commented about the old VHS technology that would not allow decent copying. Based on that, I’m astounded that copying/backing up of DVDs can be so close to the originals that, as Jimbo said, you really can’t tell the difference between the copy and the original, even at a pretty high compression rate.
As far as the media is concerned, I have used nothing but Verbatim. At one time, I had tried some of the off brand specials that you see in local computer stores, but after burning too many coasters, I use nothing but Verbatim. I have yet to try the DL blanks, but when I do it will be Verbatim as well.
Again, thanks for the responses and advice — Tom F
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