I am here to learn about how I can make quality DVD burns that will last for as long as possible. They will hold my archives (RAW photographs and projects in photo-montage) which are very important to me.
I have choosen to go with DVDs instead of CDs because they can hold much more data. I am hearing that DVDs and CDs have the same longevity. This means that CDs have no real advantage over DVDs for the kind of use that I want them. Please correct me if I am wrong with this.
I have a small experience with CD and DVD writing. I have writen a moderate number of CDs and DVDs, let’s say 700-1000 disks in total. I got my first CD-RW in 2002, a Plextor 24/12/10. I got my first DVD+/-RW in 2005, a Nec ND-3520A, which I still use.
I am sensing some problems with my current burner (for example I can’t burn CDs) so I am in the process of buying a new one and at the same time re-fresh my collection of disks: throw away some old junk, make triple-copies of the good ones, and so on.
I know that I need to make the right combination: burner, media, and write-speed. For now, I just make sure I have Tayio Yuden disks (or anything “Made in Japan”) and I always write them at half of the maximum speed (if the disks are 16x, I write them at 8x).
There are many FAQs, may guides, and thousands of posts in this forum! And I am a bit lost. I don’t know where I should start reading. So I am posting here for some guidance. Give me some links that are must-know, that anyone should know about them.
By the way, here is a few writers that I liked:
- Pioneer DVR 215BK DVD Burner
- Sony-NEC-Optiarc AD-7203S – Who actually makes those? I had a Sony DVD-ROM and caused me some troubles…
- Samsung SH-S203B (because it was voted as #1)
If you can, tell me what you think of them, although I will probably grab some opinions at the Pioneer and NEC-Optiarc forums.
And… well… It’s good to be here