I was able to find some old stock Kodak Professional Disc (Gold) media both CD-R and DVD-R made in India. The CD-R are labeled 200 Year Archival and the DVD-R 100 Year Archival. Does anyone know if these are any good?
Those discs are made by Moser Baer which isn't really know for high quality CD-R media, at least when they use their own ATIP/MID's. Here is a study (in French, unfortunately) regarding the long term archival properties of the discs you have against other archival CD-R media from 2007-2008: http://www.archivesdefrance.culture.gouv.fr/static/2139(https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fr&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.archivesdefrance.culture.gouv.fr%2Fstatic%2F2139&edit-text= - Translated to English by Google, no images)
These discs have a Gold reflective layer as advertised and a Phthalocyanine dye. Kodak used to make really high quality discs with their Ultima (Gold) series but these MBI discs are unfortunately no match to the quality of their older media.
Actually, they should be made by MAM-A in the USA with MBI ATIP or MID. NOT high quality media.
The few samples that I had were actually made by MBIL and their quality was decent, but their price was outrageous and unjustified (about 3 â‚¬ per piece) at the time.If you can buy them at more realistic price, I would get them (if only just for fun).http://club.myce.com/f76/moser-baer-india-dvd-r-83181/index3.html#post2569257
What I found is old stock selling at discount prices. The Gold CD-R are about 4 euro and the Gold DVR-R about 5 euro per 10 disc spindle. For the same amount of money or less I can get Verbatim AZO discs. Any reason I should choose Kodak instead?
Sorry for my late reply.Personally, I would buy them at those prices. Quality wise, they should be on the same level as MII Verbatims and they (and all gold media generally) are becoming quite rare.
I have always avoided made in India and always choose made in Taiwan (and made in Japan) when available. For the gold Kodak media I am not sure if I should break this rule at any price. And for Verbatim CD-R the only option last time I checked (for non-printable media) was made in China extra protection so I did not buy any.