Dragemester has pointed out that no searches on Ritek-G05 DVD-R media returns any useful results for newbies here for some quick info on whether Ritek G05 media is decent media.
RITEK-G05 media is crap.
RITEK-G01, G02, G03 were/are considered good media. (not my personal opinion).
RITEK-G04 longevity (quality) is under contention.
RITEK-R01, R02, R03, R04 (DVD+R) were/are considered good media. (not my personal opinion).
This thread is here for that single purpose.
If you find any threads, scans or any other useful posts in general, please post a link.
Ritek-G05 (DVD-R) media is terrible media because:
[li]It gives you a false sense of security because it burns very well on current DVDWriters & the PI/PIF scans look beautiful - this is a testament to the drive manufacturers firmware support, not the quality of the media.[/li][li]It begins decaying almost immediately and in just in a few months it becomes completely unrecoverable.[/li][li]It is not the same between batches! This batch might last forever, the next 20 batches might last a week. And you can’t tell which is which.[/li][li]Because of the degradation problems, it leads you to believe your readers, players & hardware is playing up, especially when your entire collection is based on Ritek-G05’s, and none of them will play (it’s obviously the hardware right? WRONG!).[/li][/ul]I’ll start with the threads which I consider relevant, or at least along the right tracks.