Have been lurking for some months now, reading the existing threads about best burners, best media, etc. However, something happened yesterday at my office which motivated me to write.
I'm a system builder and occasionally make DVD recovery discs for my customers. I made a recovery DVD and popped it into the customer's PC, just to make sure the disc worked. Out of five tries, it successfully only booted twice, even then it took longer (> 15 secs) than normal for the PC to boot. My best guess is that the DVD-ROM was old (likely > 2 yrs) and had drifted out of alignment. Am I on the right "track" w/ this suspicion ? BTW, the burner (a TS-H552B) is less than a year old.
My central question is whether there's a universally-compatible DVD burner/media combo that will maximize utilization on the widest number of different destination drives ? Does such a thing exist ? This is important since I won't be able to determine (in advance) which DVD drive the client will have installed in his/her PC and I may have to send recovery discs (by mail) to PCs I can't physically inspect/certify.
My current thinking is that I'll have to change drives once a year, to make sure that at least my drive(s) is/are close to std tolerances and simply hope for the best w/ my client's DVD drives. Then stick w/ whatever media that has the best reviews for the drive.
Does any of this make sense ? TIA....Jet
PS: Is a slower burn (eg. an 8x burn using 16x media) better than a faster burn for compatibility's sake ?