The First thing to do!

Hi

What is the first thing you shoud check (before actually burning a DVD) when you get a blank DVD media, to find out if it’s OK to burn?
I do have the DVDINFOPro tool.

Stelios

I 'd say check www.DVDrhelp.com for their compatibility list of the media that can be used with your burner,and look at the tests people here run in the Media Forum. To conclude I 'd do the two things
above before I bought any media,so when you do make your choicxe based on the tests,you can sit home,chill out,and make movies without having to go
back and forth to your local retailer…Good Luck…:cool:

Find out the manufacturer :slight_smile:

If it says:

AN30
AN31
AN32
Princo
Longten
Media ID001
VDSPAB
MXLRG01 and made in china
TDKG020000 and looks like a princo…

it’s most likely low quality discs.

If it says:

Lead data
optodisc
MBI
4M sys
MPOMEDIA
Prodisc
DVSN
MCI???
Ritek
CMC???
GSC???

It may be good depending on batch and your writer.

if it says

MXL??? and is made in japan
Taiyoyuden
TYG01
Ricohjpn???
MCC ???
Yuden???

It should be good.

Well, this is just some manufacturers…but at least it gives you the idea of what’s good and what’s bad…

I don’t know other ways to know the quality before actually writing the disc.

Thanks OC-Freak and Ruffrob
Ok provided that I do all of the above, must I check the actual DVD (say it’s Optodisc) before I burn, or just go ahead and burn and hopefully (all things and settings are OK of course) it will be OK?

Stelios

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AN30
AN31
AN32
Princo
Longten
Media ID001
VDSPAB
MXLRG01 and made in china
TDKG020000 and looks like a princo…

it’s most likely low quality discs.
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Add:
CMC…
CMC MAG
INFOSMART
MEI (Yes, Matsushita is bad too!)
NANYA…
RITEKG01
SKYMEDIA
TDKG01… (The original and still the worst!)
VIVASTAR
DATATRAK001
… (No manufacturer)

These discs are most likely :Z :Z :Z !!! Quality control is usually not up to standard. Expect lots of coasters and/or discs failing after months, even days.

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Lead data
optodisc
MBI
4M sys
MPOMEDIA
Prodisc
DVSN
MCI???
Ritek
CMC???
GSC???

It may be good depending on batch and your writer.
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Add:
AUVISTAR
LD…
LGE…
RITEKG03
SONY (Made by Lead Data)
JVC/Victor
MCC…
BeAll…

These discs are most likely okay, but it depends on your writer/reader. Also, some of these manufacturers may suffer from quality control problems.

Remove:
CMC…

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MXL??? and is made in japan
Taiyoyuden
TYG01
Ricohjpn???
MCC ???
Yuden???

It should be good.
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Add:
TDKG02 (Made in Japan)
PVC… (Made in Japan)
RITEKG04
GSC…
SONY (Made in Austria)

Remove:
MCC…

These discs are the best you can buy at this point in time.

I disagree at least on the ritek G04 part…they do not belong in the best group

And are you sure that gigastorage (gsc) and sony fit into the best group?

And why should not MCC be in the best group?

Well, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation seems to be having quality control problems as we speak, so you never know if you’re getting aood or bad batch, and RITEKG04 are extremely good compatibility wise as well as quality wise.

I also disagree with terminalvelocd on the MCC part. From what I’ve read on various forums, tests I’ve seen and personal use, the Mitsubishi disks are worth putting in the top group.

I’ve seen one post at dvdrhelp that seemed to suggest the Ritek G04’s are getting less reliable here recently.

As I cannot get the TY +r dvdr’s easily anymore, I have been using Ritek unbranded white tops and after having burnt nearly 40 of them, all play fine, all pass a surface test fine, and no, I do not own a LiteOn drive so cannot guess at the P0/P1 results - even if it means anything as people get horrid graphs with great media. For data files they all pass a binary compare with no problems - so, no duff discs so far.

Unique Disc Identifier : [DVD+R:RICOHJPN-R01-02]

Disc Type : [DVD+R]
Manufacturer ID : [RICOHJPN]
Media Type ID : [R01]
Product Revision : [02]
Disc Application Code : [General Purpose]
Recording Speeds : [2.4x - 4x]
Blank Disc Capacity : [Not Supported By Method 2]

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