Is there a beginners guide to media scans?

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#1

I have perused much of the info on this site over the years and have figured out mostly through the discussion side whats good and bad media to use, but I’m still not quite sure what to make of all the nifty colored graphs. Has anyone written a “newbie guide” on how to interpret this information with examples of each factor showing “good” vs “bad”? If so, could someone point me in that direction (and if not, would anyone care to make one?)


#2

This is a long, but very detailed starting point

http://www.myce.com/article/Home-PI_PIF-scanning---Who-to-believe-238/

A key part of this, is this snippet from the article.

[B]Easier explanation on how to read the test results.[/B]
Maybe this has got too technical, and you are wondering what to look for in KProbe reports?
Use this as a [B]guideline[/B] for good discs:

[ul]
[li][B]PI (Parity Inner):[/B] No larger areas on the disc should exceed 280 PI-8 errors, do not worry too much about high single spikes that exceed 280.[/li][li][B]PIF (Parity Inner Failures):[/B] No larger areas on the disc should exceed 4 PIF-1 errors, do not worry too much about high single spikes that exceed 4.[/li][/ul]
And as always; lower is better