I have been needing to do an extra backup of my digital photo files for some time now, but I was unsure of which media to choose as I wanted it to last as long as possible. Therefore I was happy to see the Kodak Professional Gold DVD-R, promising to last 100 years (I’d do a reburn after 5-10 years anyway, but still). So I bought 20 discs.
When I finally got around to the burning, I was very disappointed to see the backup process failed. Nero found several errors on the finished disc, so there were corrupt files. As I understand it, verification errors are due to bad DVD media, and not my NEC (ND-3550A) burner. True? I checked the disc identity, and it was MBI 01RG40, manufactured by Moser Baer India Ltd. Is this a true Kodak DVD? When I checked a website that tests DVD media, Moser Baer was classified as 3rd class media (of four), with “very questionable [quality], about 50-80% success rate”. They continue: “Many of these are known for sham marketing (“archival grade” and whatnot) and can actually cost more than 1st or 2nd class media”. This sounds like a really crap DVD media!
Does anyone else have experience of these discs? Kodak usually make high quality products (film, developer etc), so this was really disappointing.
If anyone is interested in the log file from Nero, it’s here: