I know that statement is pretty harsh but I was making some random read-back tests of media in my DVD collection and Iâ€™m quite alarmed about how much my Ritek G05â€™s have deteriorated in such a short time (one or two months).
I stopped using Princoâ€™s as soon as I realised that about 10% or more become unreadable with CRC errors after a few months. Up till now Iâ€™ve had no such trouble with Riteks, but since some members here have reported â€œPrinco-likeâ€ experiences with Ritek I decided to test the read-back of a random selection of my burnt Riteks.
Ok the good news is that none were totally unreadable with CRC errors, but I did notice that several had a very wobbly DVD-speed curve and I know for certain that all were good when burnt because I test each burn with DVD-speed right after burning. At this stage of the test I didnâ€™t know which discs were G05â€™s and which were G04â€™s or G02â€™s, because they all look quite similar.
Now hereâ€™s the really disturbing part, when I crossed checked with the mid codes I found all the ones with the wobbly DVD-speed read-back curve were G05â€™s. In fact every G05 had a wobbly DVD-speed read-back and all the G04â€™s had smooth read-back. But the G04â€™s were older burns than the G05â€™s so this bodes very badly for the long term survival of this media. Considering most of these G05â€™s are only one or two months old I wouldnâ€™t be surprised if many were unreadable within one year.
So I seems I need to treat G05â€™s like I did with Princo before, not trust them with anything important, never buy them again, and try to unload the ones that I currently have to people that I hate. :(.