I have just purchased a plextor external 12x DVD+/-RW Burner. Specifically, the PX-712UF/SW. This will be connected to my laptop via a USB 2.0 cable.
The drive came bundled with Roxio software, but I plan to use Nero ROM though I've been recommended to look at Stomp's Record Now Max & Prassi O.N.E.S.... but that's for another time.
My dilemma is that I am completely lost as to what DVD-R media & it's counterpart ID I should buy that will be BOTH compatible for recording in this specific drive, as well as playback in older DVD-ROMs (i,e, from year 2001+)
I know that MCC's, TYG01/2's, MXLRG1/2's,TDKG1/2's,MCC's are the best.... along with RITEK's & Richoh's... but since I have no DVD's to check, I am at a loss and confusion. Obviously it is not a good idea to go by the brand, but rather the id's.
I have read that DVD-R media tend to play in many older machines as compared to a lower success rate on DVD+R media.
I do know for sure, that old memorex 4X DVD-R's play on my Toshiba Satellite PIII 850Mhz, 512mn ram laptop. The drive is an old Matshita UJDA-710 CDRW/DVD combo drive.
So if I can get the memorex to play, are there any decent (besides memorex) but economically priced 8X DVD-R's that one of y'all recommend? I don't need anything fancy i.e. printable surface discs and such.
I've visited RIMA/SUPERMEDIASTORE/ALLMEDIAOUTLET/MeritLine/NEWEGG.COM's.
http://www.plextor.com/english/support/media_712.htm#dvdminusr >> This is the compatibility list, which sums up the big ones.
Too many to choose and decide from, and in the media forum... there seems to be mixed opinions on the most common ones (i.e. RITEK G04vsG05... latter better in +R, not in -R)
I am a medical student, and I have lecture notes, class practical videos, and audio...etc to be burned and distributed to a few colleagues of mine. Some of us have old ROM's, thus the need for DVD-R's playing a better chance than the +R's. The need for 8X, simply that I have much to study coupled with hospital practice and no time to sit and wait for DVD's to be burned :bigsmile:
Well I hope you understand my situation. I really appreciate all the feedback. I didn't want to put this in the media forum for it seems to be a basic question that a few people as myself, become easily frustrated with.
My SYSTEM SPECS ARE :
Toshiba Satellite PIII 850Mhz 512mb RAM XP PRO SP1
External PX-712UF/SW via USB 2.0 PCMCIA adapter.
External PX-W4012U 40/12/40 CDRW Burner via USB 2.0 PCMCIA adapter
External Seagate 300 GB HDD via Firewire 400.