Production year of Verbatim DVD media

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#1

I have a Verbatim DVD-R pack that says:
“© Verbatim Corporation, 2007”.
Does it mean that the production year of the medias was 2007?


#2

The year of manufacture of any Verbatim DVDR media can by easily and definitely determined by the serial numbers (also called “hub code”).
Could you post them?


#3

:eek:
How do you read this thing???
I can see something written on the transparent ring in the middle when I hold the media against the light, but it’s impossible to recognise the letters.


#4

With great difficulty :wink:

Usually takes me a few tries. It’s worse if your eyesight isn’t that good to start with!

What I do, is move the disc about a bit against the light, then type the numbers/letters that I see into your forum message box, move it about a bit again so the next few are visible…eventually you get them all down.

Welcome to the forum BTW :slight_smile:

EDIT: Pepst’s post gave me an idea: if you have a scanner, pop the disc on there and grab a close-up scan :slight_smile:


#5

Won’t the direct light from the scanner damage the disc?


#6

I’ve never noticed any damage or deterioration personally, but others may have?

I always thought it was UV light that had a negative effect on discs, but I’m happy to be corrected. :slight_smile:


#7

[QUOTE=ooe;2632811]Won’t the direct light from the scanner damage the disc?[/QUOTE]
Do not worry, it won’t affect or damage your discs at all.


#8

This is, more or less, the hub code:
MAP 704 OE 161 74906 B4

Does it make sense?


#9

This particular disc (and the whole pack) was manufactured on 16th May 2010.


#10

It’s good to know that there is a way to find out the exact date.
The bad thing is that using this method is impossible at the store when buying a new pack.
If I can’t know the exact year at the store, maybe there is a way to know at least if the pack is new or not.
If I understand right, Verbatim stopped using the AZO dye at around 2010.
Would it be right to assume that a pack with a label that mentions AZO is not so new?


#11

@Pepst

How do you manage to work out the date from the hub code? Is it a trick you can share with us? (Please :flower:)


#12

[QUOTE=Ibex;2633201]How do you manage to work out the date from the hub code? Is it a trick you can share with us? (Please :flower:)[/QUOTE] You’ll find one of the decoder rings here (CMC manufactured Verbatims only).


#13

[QUOTE=DrageMester;2633229]You’ll find one of the decoder rings here (CMC manufactured Verbatims only).[/QUOTE]

Dating of MBIL made media is even easier - the first number always means the year of manufacture, next three numbers mean the day of manufacture (counted from 1 to 365/366). Other things like the number of the manufacturing line and the serial number of the medium can be easily determined too.

Example:
6191 536 -R E A 11542 (this DVD-R medium was made on the 191th day of 2006 on the manufacturing line #536 as the medium #11542 made that day on that line).


#14

Thanks [B]Drage [/B]& [B]Pepst[/B]. :flower::bow: (x2)

I did a search, but without success.

Is there a method for aging the Prodisc made ones and Taiyo Yuden discs?


#15

[QUOTE=Ibex;2633250]Thanks [B]Drage [/B]& [B]Pepst[/B]. :flower::bow: (x2)

I did a search, but without success.

Is there a method for aging the Prodisc made ones and Taiyo Yuden discs?[/QUOTE]

Don’t know about TY’s system, but Prodisc’s serial numbering system is similar to the MBIL’s one.
Example: 7051F3414-01550C08 (this medium was made on the 51th day of 2007)


#16

That’s very interesting info there pepst. :clap:

[B]Wombler[/B]


#17

Thank you again [B]Pepst[/B], you’re a star. :bow::bow::flower::flower:


#18

Personally I keep a magnifying glass handy. Mine is a ‘normal’ magnifier over most of its area and then has a small ‘super’ magnifying spot for extra closeups. Probably not scientific quality but for just 3 or 4 dollars I don’t think I got hurt. Besides it’s the only way I can see those little numbers and letters.


#19

It’s not just the transparency and size of the characters that makes it hard, it’s also the font which is a bit strange.

I still don’t understand how I can know the year when I’m at the store.
Maybe it doesn’t matter that much?


#20

[QUOTE=ooe;2633573]It’s not just the transparency and size of the characters that makes it hard, it’s also the font which is a bit strange.

I still don’t understand how I can know the year when I’m at the store.
Maybe it doesn’t matter that much?[/QUOTE]

Unless I’m mistaken, the media is certain to be Mitsubishi product if the AZO logo is printed on the label. Non-MCC/MKM discs are sold under a different line (i.e. Verbatim Life series) with a different product code, and you won’t find any mention of AZO anywhere.

As for year of manufacture, a common observation is that older pre-2007 media (and a few would insist on pre-2005) is of higher quality. However, most of this stock has likely disappeared from shelves already, and it isn’t even certain if the reduced quality of today’s media has any long-term impact. Perhaps “good enough” (quality scans in spec, with the discs readable and compatible with a wide range of equipment) does the job just fine, provided that the burns are stable.