I have been reading a lot on these forums and have read that long ago Ritek discs were absolute garbage, but their newer generation discs are quite good. www.meritline.com labels Ritek Ridata as extremely high quality discs. Is this correct? I want to make a huge purchase (500-1000 discs) because I need to reburn every single one of my DVDs (guess who burned ~300 Princo blanks... I pray I can still read the data off them @_@) and need to be absolutely sure that I am getting quality media, for as cheap possible :P. A couple things I have questions with/need guidance about:
(Please note that the DVDs I will be buying will be burnt with the Plextor PX-716A)
1.) Many people seem to perfer DVD+R media. I have read on the forums that the main reason for this is that there is too much low qualtiy DVD-R media floating about. Should I look into DVD+R media rather than DVD-R as I have been buying? Almost all of these DVDs I will be reburning are file DVDs, not DVD-Video DVDs. I have also heard DVD+R media is better for data archival, how true is this? (I have heard differing opinions from different people, and differing opinions from various places on the forum and have kinda started thinking I guess it doesnt matter... hmm)
2.) The burning speed. I take it 8X is the optimal speed for obtaining both good speed and good quality? Or should I just stick with 4X? I know I bought a 16X burner, buuuut 16X does not seem to be... good yet, at least not on the Plextor..
3.) Authentic media is a big concern. Meritline and Rima are trusted places right?
4.) Quality media. The data I will be burning will probably only be read off the disc 2-3 times, and the discs will be stored in a filing cabnet-like setup in dark and dry conditions. So the main factor that will contribute to deterioration will be disc qualityk, rather than environment and laser-rot. These discs have to last until the next generation of optical media (Blu-ray?) becomes affordable and then will be reburnt, which will probably be at least 5 years or even more. Princo discs last like... 1 month, lmao, will Riteks last long? Somewhere on the forum I have read that quality media will last 20+ years, and with the new dye (which one is it?) the media will last 50+ years. Both meritline and rima don't seem to be too good at telling you what dye the discs use, or even very good at telling you the Media ID for some of their media.
5.) Silver Shiny, or Silver Matte? I will be putting CD Labels on these, which is better if CD Labels will be used? Someone in another thread said they like matte cause the shiny ones are fingerprint and dust magnets.
6.) Cakebox... a MUST. Absolute necessity. I ordered shrink-wrapped CDs before, and its hard to store them so that dust does not collect on them. With a cakebox, you put on the plastic cover, and everythings great.
7.) Customer Support. The place the discs are bought from need to have a return policy that allows return of bad batches and fake media, if found to be fake. Meritline seems to have a 60 day money back guarantee.
Here are possible deals I have found.. care to help me pick or suggest others?:
RitekG05 8X DVD+R 500pk .44 cents/disk free ship
RitekG05 8X DVD-R 500pk .45 cents/disk after ship, if the picture is correct these cakeboxes come with a handle! SWEET!
RitekG05 8X DVD-R 500pk .43 cents/disk after ship
TYG02/TY02 8X DVD-R 500pk .48 cents/disk after ship
RitekG04 4X DVD-R 500pk .38 cents/disk after ship
TYG01 4X DVD-R 500pk .38 cents/disk free ship