Hey folks, so a while back I bought a spindle of Taiyo Yuden DVD-Rs, which have been great for burning, except for one critical problem: the shiny silver thermal lacquer on the top side of the discs attracts dust and small scratches very easily. I don't use any kind of labeling (instead, jewel case inserts), so it's just the bare silver lacquer against the elements.
Mainly, I'm concerned about possible damage to the data. For those that have used both, do you know if the Taiyo Yuden White Inkjet printable surfaces are better about this -- I'm assuming that with them, any dust is easy to wipe off (not so with the silver; any wiping is liable to make scratches), and the discs' top sides are much harder to scratch, like with pressed DVDs. And if that's the case, are the white inkjet discs more reliable in terms of data loss and corruption because of stuff like that?
The rock bottom question though is, can I use these silver discs to make reliable backups, occasional dust and top surface wear and all?
And one other thing. Should I get a cheap thermal printer and fill the whole disc with some color or other, to try to make them more resistant to dust and wear? It seemed like a possibility.
Thanks for any assistance.