First, what is the official word of the life cycle of DVD+RW disks? I have only been using DVD+RW instead of DVD+R because its easy to rewrite if I want to change my files... I don't want to buy DVD+R disks only to throw them away, that's silly.
However, I have been hearing some increasingly disturbing news that they aren't as durable or something as DVD+R? Isn't DVD+RW important enough because of home video and such? I keep them in a standard 128 CD case deal. Most of the time they are in my basement as well, in a cool, but not extremely dry location (although zipped up that shouldn't matter).
Next, you guys mentioned to watch out for Ricoh brands... they are ONE of the best?
I use Ritek. You mentioned that if the serial indicated Ricoh it was all good... I check both supermediastore, where I get my media and the current 4x Ritek batch that I have and this is the serial that I pulled from it -
I don't know what that serial means but I don't see Ricoh in it ;(.
My ultimate goal see is to store all my shows I tape on TV. I project this will take roughly 500 to 600 gigs. I would prefer to just use a nice external HD. When will 600gig HD's be coming? It sounds like a lot, but were already at 300... so I can't imagine it being too far away, right?
I'd want to store all my shows, and leave at least a nice 60 to 80 gigs for the rest of my stuff like windows.
In the meantime however, I have to get this DVD storage solution problem solved... I want the best 8xDVDRW burner, and if they dont come out with 8xRW by the time dual layer arrives... I'll deal with 4x then I guess. Hoepfully my laptop drive will handle that... I wonder if they will handle the April release of Dual-Layer dvds? I could get one of those drives right away...
I am currently using a NEC ND1100A burner, and my primary read drive is a Toshiba SD-R2412 thats on a laptop.
In a previous thread I wrote about how my NEC ND1100A might be causing problems with my 4x Ritek DVD+RW discs. For some reason a few of them would have problems. Some would burn just fine and read just fine. Also, a few that had problems would actually read fine off the burner itself. Most of these are being read from a Laptop DVD/CDRW drive, the Toshiba SD-R2412.
I thought it might be the drive, but now I have new firmware for it and it always burned the 2.4x fine, with the Toshiba drive reading them fine also.
What is particuarly odd is that I noticed the errors creeping up towards the end of the disc... the last few files (large files... 300megs or so).
What could be causing this? If getting a new burner might help them I will do it. Its just odd that it seems towards the last 25 percent or so of the disc space and only on the 4x batch that I have. Its the first 4x batch I ever bought, Ritek brand from SuperMediaStore. The 2.4x were just coming out with label protection on them, the 4x that I have doensn't have that yet.
I also use Nero 6 to burn the discs.
Any advice you might have would be greatly appreciated.