Matching Speed of Recorder and Media?

Many people say that recording at low speeds will always give best results, but this may not be the case anymore with such high-speed media.

Sony are saying that, if for example, your disc is 16x compatable, and you try to burn that disc at let’s say 2x, then they are saying recording will become more unstable.

I personally have a rather low-speed recorder, and i cannot find any low-speed discs to match, so to get best results do i have to upgrade my burner to match with the latest high-speed discs?

They are basically saying that low speed discs should be used with low speed recording equipment, and that high speed discs should be used with high speed recording equipment.

Here is a diagram which Sony have on their website to help show what i mean:

Source: http://www.sony.net/Products/Media/dvdmedia/Accucore/DVD/technology/wide_compati.html

Any suggestions on the matter would be appreciated.

Hi and Welcome!

unfortunately you did not mention, what drive you have at the moment.
The problem with old drives (not supporting 16x media) and modern media is, that the firmware of the drive has no “receipe” how to handle these unknown discs. So it will use a generic strategy which won’t give good results at all.

Michael

P.S.: I’ll move this to the general CD and DVD writers forum - that’s the better place at the moment.

[QUOTE=mciahel;2495727]Hi and Welcome!

unfortunately you did not mention, what drive you have at the moment.
The problem with old drives (not supporting 16x media) and modern media is, that the firmware of the drive has no “receipe” how to handle these unknown discs. So it will use a generic strategy which won’t give good results at all.

Michael

P.S.: I’ll move this to the general CD and DVD writers forum - that’s the better place at the moment.[/QUOTE]

Thanks for the quick reply mciahel.

My recorder is as ‘HL-DT-ST DVDRRW GWA-4166B’

It can write to the following book types:

CD-R
CD-RW
DVD-R / DVD+R
DVD-RW / DVD+RW
DVD-R DL / DVD+R DL

I am unsure exactly what speed capabilities it has for writing to CD/DVD, but i presume it is low because the system is a few years old. Any ideas how i can find the speed capabilities of my recorder?

I was told by someone that it is possible to update the firmware of my recorder, will that help solve this problem?

Thanks.

Maybe :wink:
Try, and see.

How can i find the available writing speeds of my recorder?

[QUOTE=Zonchord;2495845]How can i find the available writing speeds of my recorder?[/QUOTE]Your drive is a 16x recorder.
The maximum speed depends on the blank media, the firmware of your drive contains a table of Media Codes and corresponding write speeds (and receipes).
Get the free DVD Identifier, insert a blank disc, and the software will show you the speeds your drive supports that particular media at.

With that drive, I would use 8x with quality media, I wouldn’t go faster.

For CD media, you can use CD/DVD speed which comes as part of Nero.

Michael

[QUOTE=mciahel;2495850]Your drive is a 16x recorder.
The maximum speed depends on the blank media, the firmware of your drive contains a table of Media Codes and corresponding write speeds (and receipes).
Get the free DVD Identifier, insert a blank disc, and the software will show you the speeds your drive supports that particular media at.

With that drive, I would use 8x with quality media, I wouldn’t go faster.

For CD media, you can use CD/DVD speed which comes as part of Nero.

Michael[/QUOTE]

That’s very helpful, thank you for your time Michael.

THe burner is kinda old.
Read here
http://www.videohelp.com/dvdwriters?DVDname=GWA-4166B&Submit=Search&oem=&chipset=&cdrs=&cdrws=&dvdrs=&dvdrws=&dvdrsdl=&dvdprs=&dvdprws=&dvdprsdl=&dvdrams=&bdrs=&bdres=&bdrdls=&bdredls=&hddvdrs=&hddvdrws=&hddvdrdls=&hddvdrwdls=&hddvdrams=&buffer=Any&cdrom=&dvdrom=&bdrom=&hddvdrom=&orderby=Name&hits=50&Search=Search

here
http://support.packardbell.com/fi/item/index.php?i=spec_GWA-4166B&pi=platform_veloce_imedia

here

[QUOTE=camellote;2495915]THe burner is kinda old.
Read here
http://www.videohelp.com/dvdwriters?DVDname=GWA-4166B&Submit=Search&oem=&chipset=&cdrs=&cdrws=&dvdrs=&dvdrws=&dvdrsdl=&dvdprs=&dvdprws=&dvdprsdl=&dvdrams=&bdrs=&bdres=&bdrdls=&bdredls=&hddvdrs=&hddvdrws=&hddvdrdls=&hddvdrwdls=&hddvdrams=&buffer=Any&cdrom=&dvdrom=&bdrom=&hddvdrom=&orderby=Name&hits=50&Search=Search

here
http://support.packardbell.com/fi/item/index.php?i=spec_GWA-4166B&pi=platform_veloce_imedia

here

Some useful resources, thanks.