Hi, this is just a simple question and I searched the forum without any clue:
Is it possible that Verbatim is making DVD+R RITEK-R05-01 ???
I bought a 50 pack cake yesterday and I noticed that my burner LG GSA-H54N 1.00 was making a different sound while burning them, so I checked and the discs are stamped VERBATIM DVD+R 16x in the outside, but IMGBURN shows them as RITEK-R05-01… Verbatim & Ridata making business??? what do you think?
I’m located in Argentina. I’ve been buying and burning the same Verbatim DVD+R 16x forever and now I get Ritek? Just to let you know, the discs seem to be crappy than before but they definitely look EXACTLY like Verbatims… and it doesnt appear to be a fake disc… When burning at 16x my LG 54N sounds like an airplane. How can i provide more info about this discs? I believe that LG burners cannot check discs quality, am I right?, but this is the only burner I have… i could get a Liteon 1693 that I think it can, its old, but… it could work.
Here is some info with DVD Identifier 5.0.1 [Database.08-OCT-06] =
Unique Disc Identifier : [DVD+R:RITEK-R05-001]
Disc & Book Type : [DVD+R] - [DVD+R]
Manufacturer Name : [Ritek Corp.]
Manufacturer ID : [RITEK]
Media Type ID : [R05]
Product Revision : 
Blank Disc Capacity : [2,295,104 Sectors = 4.70 GB (4.38 GiB)]
Recording Speeds : [1x-2.4x , 4x , 6x-8x , 6x-16x]
** INFO : Drive = HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GSA-H54N - [FW 1.00] - [ATAPI]
** INFO : Write Capabilities = DVD+R DVD+R-DL DVD+RW
** INFO : Write Capabilities = DVD-R DVD-R-DL DVD-RW DVD-RAM
** INFO : Disc = [DVD+R:RITEK-R05-001]
** INFO : Reference Speed : 1x DVD = 1385 kBps
** INFO : An Writeable Disc Is Recommended For Accurate Results
** INFO : Write Speeds (Supported By This Drive On This Disc) Listed Below
Region information N/A not a DVD-VIDEO
Media code/Manufacturer ID RITEK R05
Media Product Revision Number 01h
Format Capacity Blank Disc
Free Blocks 405405696
Free Capacity 4.38GB(4.70GB)
Book Type DVD+R
Media Type DVD+R
Manufacturer Rated Speed Unknown
Available Write Descriptor CLV 16.0x 22160KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 12.0x 16620KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 8.0x 11080KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 4.0x 5540KBps
Data area starting sector 30000h
Linear Density 0.267um/bit
Track Density 0.74um/track
Number of Layers 1
Now to the point: it has already been reported here, about five weeks ago or so, that Verbatim was starting to sell outsourced (non-MCC) DVDRs to some markets in “regular” Verbatim packages. The report was about Ritek F1 discs if I remember well.
[B]EDIT[/B] I found the thread: Verbatim Ritek F1
It’s not good news. - while I think that most Ritek stuff (excluding G05) is rather decent media when sold under reliable brands, it’s really annoying that in some countries people can’t just trust the Verbatim brand and be sure that they get “the real thing” (MCC stuff). :a
R05 is not bad media.
It’s stable and the performance on some drives with some settings (For instance Benq 1640 12x Solidburn on.) look better as what people are reporting for the TY made verbatims on some drives with some settings.
The parallel to Ritek R05 – RicohJPN R03 [often made by Ritek] – uses the same dye [yes, same dye with different MID] and more often than not has great results, even from some distributors that brand subpar media. I’d imagine that the RITEK R05 branded as Verbatim would be good. Methinks they wouldn’t risk the brand name for poor media.
I can’t remember where I saw that RITEKR05 and RICOHJPN R03 shared a dye, but looking at them with the naked eye shows similar/same coloring, and strategy swaps usually result in very similar performance.
Unless it’s known to be crappy media, people should wait before complaining/telling others not to buy. This is aimed @ Joseph5 btw.
I don’t mean to start a flame fest or anything mean here but RitekR05 might be very decent media. If dhakaas says it’s stable and whatnot, I’m inclined to believe this as he knows a fair amount of interesting things in the media scene.
Let’s not forget that if Ritek G04 and G05 didn’t degrade, they would have destroyed just about every other manufacturer due to their cheapness and unbelievably high compatibility in DVD players
Traxdata branded RITEK R05 has been extremely good to me - scans here and here. These were from two seperate batches, one of which was FF-printable. Some may think the jitter is a tad high on the Pioneer burn, but it doesn’t have any effect on playback on any of my devices
Personally, I really like both Prodisc and Ritek 16x media, but am definately not a fan of either CMC or MBI 16x media
I admit my mistake, when I originally created the signature, most Ritek was G05, hence the “crappy” remark. I changed the signature again. I hope everyone is happy now. Some people may argue saying that Verbatim and Maxell don’t have “premium prices”, but in Latin America they do, and many people looking for quality media in these countries pay that premium only to find out that they could’ve gotten the same discs under the Ridata brand for half the price.
I have used the regular “Wal-Mart” brands, ie. Maxell, Memorex, Sony, TDK with an occasional coaster, but I have never had a coaster on my NEC ND-2500A or Samsumg SH-S203B burners with Verbatim media, either CD or DVD. I usually buy my discs at Newegg.com, but I ran out recently, and bought a 100 pack of Verbatim silver CD-R discs at Sam’s Club. When I just happened to check them with Nero tools, the disc report identified them as Ritek.
Furthermore, when I checked the Verbatim Data-Life P/N 95079 DVD-R printable white discs I bought from Newegg, Nero identified them as MCC 03RG20, which another CDFreak forum participant said was Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. They all work well, however.
I need to add that the 16X max DVD-R burns on my Samsung at 18X, and works well at my NEC at its rated 8X speed. The 52X max CD-R burns at 48X speed on my Samsung (its rated speed).