Wow, itâ€™s been a while since I last came here. Last I was active on the forums it was still CDFreaks.
It was thanks to all the friendly advice and help I got here last time that I purchased a NEC-3540a. Surprising itâ€™s still working after 5 years of use; better than what I can say for my old Lite-on SHOW-812S which is dead.
However, my burns arenâ€™t as spectacular as they used to be. Iâ€™m not 100% sure if itâ€™s because Verbatim Made in Taiwan MCC 004 are degrading in quality or my burner is wearing out.
You can take a look at the scans below. All were at ECC 1 and the last two scans are the same disc, the first with my NEC and the other with my father’s Lite-On. It makes me wonder if the drive really is bad, but the scans aren’t nearly as good as they once were.
So if I need to replace my drive, can anyone give any suggestions for a burner good for Single Layer DVD+R solely for data backup?
I need a quality writer because all the DVDs will be used for archiving Wedding shoots that I edit, and ideally want to have the DVDs be readable in the future to copy for customers if they request them later
IDE drives would be preferred because all my sata ports are in use and I would have to remove my sata-to esata port; however that would not be a deal breaker if the sata models are far better.
Another question I have, would switching to Taiyo Yuden T02 give better burns than the Verbatim MCC 004? I don’t have any on hand, but thinking about switching them if Verbatim’s quality really has gone down the crapper.