Is Luxembourg TTH01 (TDK 8x DVD-R) crappy media?

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#1

I have bought a 25 disc pack of Imation 8x DVD-R ages ago, it was MIL (Made in Luxembourg), Media ID was TTH01 (TDK 8x DVD-R).

  1. LiteOn scan from April 14, 2010
  2. Samsung scan from April 28, 2010 :eek:
  3. LiteOn scan from April 28, 2010 :eek: :eek: (even though I scanned at 16x, 8x and 4x scans show a similar pattern)
  4. LiteOn TRT from April 28, 2010 :eek: :eek: :eek: (Samsung also stops reading with L-EC UNCORRECTABLE ERROR just before the 0.5 gigs mark)

The disc was burned exactly a month ago with Plextor PX-716A at 8x and stored in a transparent 2-disc DVD videobox. Interestingly, I have stored a fake MCC 003 in the same videobox and it doesn’t show signs of degradation.

As TDK has stopped producing blank media in Luxembourg anyway and 8x media is old-fashioned now, it might not be that interesting anymore. But if somebody has a lot of data stored on TDK 8x DVD-R, it might be worth a check whether the discs have been showing signs of degradation.

Actually just THIS is one of the main reasons why I prefer burning two sets of different media if there’s something important to backup. :iagree: One can never rule out that discs might degrade, even discs from “reputable” brands, but it’s unlikely that two different disc types exhibit the same problems.


#2

:eek:

Perhaps I should find some of those TDK ScratchProof 8x DVD-R I have burned and check how they are doing…


#3

I only have one burned back in 2006 with an optiarc 3520 i will post the scan as soon as it finish.

Here is the results, ok for a three plus years old dvd.






#4

[QUOTE=vroom;2513988]ok for a three plus years old dvd.[/QUOTE] In my opinion, no.
I find what happens at approx. 3.5-3.75 GB to be unacceptable for my taste.


#5

[QUOTE=DrageMester;2513992]In my opinion, no.
I find what happens at approx. 3.5-3.75 GB to be unacceptable for my taste.[/QUOTE]

OK, at this point i wont re-burn this disc (nothing that it worth the time), it plays fine on my dvd and also i get perfect trt from the [B]LG GSA-H44L[/B] and the [B]Asus 22B2ST[/B] but i will try to recheck this disc later.


#6

[QUOTE=vroom;2513993]OK, at this point i wont re-burn this disc (nothing that it worth the time)[/QUOTE] My guess is that the reading problem starting at 3.5-3.75GB is a result of the initial burn and not due to degradation over time.


#7

I wish i could find the original burn, but it would probably have been an overspeed using a modified firmware, not sure about it.


#8

I have just scanned a few different burns from the same spindle pack, all about a month old. First one made by LiteOn LH-20A1L, second and third one made by Optiarc 5630A (from a recent iMac). While the burn quality isn’t the greatest, there’s nothing too alarming either.

I don’t know which arcane circumstances caused this single disc to fail prematurely. Still, it might be worth keeping an eye on those discs.





#9

Skip all TDK labelled DVDs so you wont waste time & money.


#10

[QUOTE=chef;2515228]Skip all TDK labelled DVDs so you wont waste time & money.[/QUOTE]

I also suggest skipping all Memorex = Memowrecks labeled DVDs too. :bigsmile:


#11

Actually being an old school CD Freak (oh yes, it is out of fashion now) was a lot about curiosity and discovering little gems. 8x TDK media was a mixed bag, including everything from Moser Baer and CMC to Taiyo Yuden media. Nowadays, of course, it’s a bit different, although at least Falcon-made TDK discs ARE very popular!

(Seems there were a lot of complaints about TDK 003’s bad bonding and subsequent degradation too.)


#12

I have a few 8x tdk dvd’s and i can say that they were much better than the first generation of 16x (CMC :Z) so if i had the option of 8x and early 16x media i would go with the 8x.