Firstly, a few things about myself… I am software engineer in his 20s, and I am from Malaysia. I am new to “dvd technology”, but i am already familiar with the cd counterpart… I have owned several cdrw drives and have been burning cds for a few years … My current cdrw drive is a lite on 48x24x48x.
After a week of research, I have finally made my decision and bought a LG GSA-4163B dvd writer…
I have gone thru some articles and faqs on the net, (yes, including here :D), but I cant seem to get a clear answer for some of my questions… I am new to using dvds on a computer (yes, I never had a dvd-rom before), so please bear with me…
Here’s some of the things that I’d like to ask:
My new drive does not have any region set yet, so should I set it before starting to burn anything? Note that I’m planning to use the drive to back up my files on my pc… (like downloads, documents, ghost image files etc) – I dont have plans to rip / backup any protected movies … at least not yet… so, to make a backup data dvd, do i need to set the region 1st? Does region code affect the readability of such data dvds (own compilation) by other drives? If yes, wut will happen if i dont set it? Will it be something like… other drives wont be able to read the disc? Similarly, if my friend pass me a burned dvd (own compilation, made while his burner is set to a region which is different than mine), do i need to change my region to match before i can read that dvd?
Say I have burned a dvd with my region set to 1, and when my drive is locked to regions other than 1 (e.g. I changed regions for 5x, and is now locked to region 2)… will my drive be able to read the dvd?
I know that my LG cannot perform PI/PO test on a disc, so is there any other way to find out the quality of a disc, aside from using a drive like benq and do PI/PO tests? I have thought of using CRC checks i.e. make a CRC file of my to-be-burned data using tools like cdcheck, then do a verification after burning… but then again, it might not be practical given the size of a dvd – 700mb vs 4gb… so does anyone know a better way?
I am aware of media codes, and oso the fact that not every writer support all media; there’ll surely be a few types that works best with my LG… yes, i have been to the forums, and have bought several types of media to do a test… As far as I know, Sony, TDK and Verbatim media seems to work well with my LG… but the actual media codes are not printed on the media packaging… even tho i know which exact media (by code) that i should buy, how can i know if i am buying the correct one when i shop for them?
And lastly, is there anything that i need to take special notes of before burning my first dvd?
p/s: the term “disc” that i use in this post, refers to dvds, unless noted otherwise… and btw, i am excited to be a part of the cdfreaks community!
Thanks & Regards