Lets start with the rather dull story (or you can simply skip to the questions at the end )
Getting tired of scratching up my original PS 2 games (they do tend to be tossed around during parties and such), I decided to get a modchip, and burn some copies for daily use. - Yes, you can still legally do that around here
With a Matrix Infinity installed and flashed to v1.88, I now need to figure out how to make good backups. I keep hearing that the slim ps 2 laser is easily damaged, and that copies should be made on the best of dvd media, with the best of burners, at the slowest possible speed. Rumours also has it that DVD-R is preferred over DVD+R.
Also hearing that BenQ is the new Plextor, I was happy to find that my Dell Dimension XPS already had a rebranded BenQ writer installed.
On the other hand, the Dell provided firmware seemed pretty old, and there were appearantly no updates available. I decided to crossflash the drive into a full-fledged DW1640, and now have it running the BSQB firmware version.
Firing up that last version of DVD Decrypter I should now be ready to burn my first PS 2 backups!
However, mostly relaying on harddrives for long term storage, I have never paid too much attention to the quality of my media.
A few feeble attempts at 2.4x with my PRODISC R03(003) of unknown brand, results in a hard working console, long loading times, and some wierd bugs like the song previews in singstar not playing.
Thankfully I do have other media in the house, and a second attempt with some Traxdata branded RITECG04 proved a little better. Loading times were still a bit slow though, so I found it worth investigating.
Nero CD-DVD Speed placed the PRODISC at quality rating of around 40. The Traxdata at a slightly better 70-75. - Time to get some of those pricy, top rated brands everyone is talking about.
I headed out and bought the best looking media I came across. More specifically I picked up some Verbatim branded MCC 03RG20, some BenQ branded DAXON008S and some Sonys that turned out to be SONY16D1, at twice the cost of the other two.
All of these media result in working backups for my PS 2, without any funky bugs or significantly slower loading times.
Now to the point where I could need some advice.
I've been trying to figure out what combination of media and burn speeds I should use to make the best backups, considering the equipment and media I have available.
Being no expert on optical storage, I find the test results rather confusing.
The Verbatim media seems to give the best results, and also gives better test results on 16x than on 2.4x. But can the high writing speed still damage my PS 2 console?
The BenQ media seems to be the other way around, giving best results on low writing speed. It sometimes shows a lot less PIE than the Verbatim, but always gets a slightly lower quality score, I assume this is related to the occasional spikes on PIF.
All in all I'm not even sure the test results I'm getting are decent. Some of the numbers seem pretty high compared to some of the tests I've seen around cdfreaks.
I was hoping someone with more experience could help me decipher the test results, and perhaps advice me on the best pratice for creating PS 2 backups with this drive.
phew .. that was a long first post =)