When i burn cd-râ€™s i want two things of them:
- I want them to last long
- I want the data to be readable, this doesnâ€™t have to be at maximum speed.
Looking at these requirements I bought a spindle of 25 Mitsui MAM-E golden dye cds at cdrwinkel about a month ago. I knew Mitsui was one of the top brands, if not thÃ© top brand, and I knew that MAM-E guaranteed on their website that these cds will last at least a hundred (!) years. Therefore I was convinced of the quality of these cds.
A few days ago I discovered this forum. After a couple searches I read some very negative things about these cds. Mostly that the quality of mitsui (in Europe) was dropped significantly after MAM-E took over. Especially these Golden Dye cdâ€™s would have been bad.
After some more reading I understood that not only the media itself was important but also how your drive handles this media. I have an old and rather unknown Iomega ZipCD 650 8x4x32x drive. I never had any problems with this drive and it always seemed to do itâ€™s job. I noticed that on this forum people see a good burn as a burn without any C2 errors. Therefore I did some testing with Nero CdSpeed on my Golden Dye discs. I used my Pioneer DVD-106 for this.
The above picture shows the average result I get with my Golden Dyeâ€™s. Now I know people here would consider all my Golden Dyeâ€™s as bad burns (practically all of them have C2 errors) but my question now is:
If I only have the 2 demands above for my cds (I donâ€™t need them to run at max speed and I want my data to stay intact over the years) are these cds with these average burns I get out of them good enough to meet those 2 demands for me?
Another â€œbonusâ€ question I have is whether it would be worth it to buy a new Liteon 52x/24x/52x cd-rw drive to replace my old Iomega to get beter write results?
I thank you in advance.