I have read alot of the posts on this message board to help me in my struggles so I wanted to pay back a little and share my experience if it might help someone else who has my same problem…
I have a Philips 8701 drive which I wanted to burn +R DL with. I purchased a spindle of RiData +R DL discs. Struggled to never get one to burn correctly past the layer break. I started out using CloneDVD2 since thats what have always used with the single layer discs. No luck for Dual Layers.
After reading the posts I decided to flash my drive to a BenQ DW1640 BSLB which worked fine but still did not provide my any success on the RiData media. I then tried using DVD Decryptor and ImgBurn… Still no luck.
On the Ritek website they even claim that they tested their media on the BenQ 1640. Now I know what you’re thinking… But you don’t have a BenQ drive. Yes but from what I understand they the same drive specifications which just use different firmware which I have changed to now match.
So… I tried out some Verbatim DVD +R DL media at Sam’s Club… 30 for $59 (not bad). Works great. No failures at the layer break. Reads perfect in my player as well. I used DVDdecryptor and ImgBurn here as well since it seems like a well regarded tool.
SO the moral of the story is NEVER buy RiData… EVER… I am also curious why none of the other stores… Office Depot or Comp USA offer Verbatim… they only push Memorex in Dual Layer. I don’t think I’ll waste my time with anything else at this point.
Thanks for all your info. Without these message boards there would be a lot of people banging their heads late into the night…