[QUOTE=Some Random Guy;2537701] …I didn’t even know about the existence of cdfreaks.com at the time I burned the TDKs and the Riteks. Nor did I bother to research which DVDr would yield the best burn quality, both initially and long term. On the other hand, you’re asking for advice and seem to be ignoring what you’re given. [/QUOTE]
I suppose this is where I follow in your case, I didn’t know about it until less than a month ago where I began posting questions about blank media. As to ignoring what I’ve been given… I suppose your right, I’ve come to terms that you need to buy quality media for the security that your data will be there for some time to come.
If this doesn’t scare you away from cheap media, then it sounds like you’ll just have to learn the way many of us did: through painful experience
The irony of that comment is shortly after I replied, I burned a Greenpod disc, using the CMC Mag code using my Phillips writer. Like many, I was dubious about this Greenpod brand, but it’s done me some good with the dozen discs I borrowed from a friend.
HOWEVER - one of the discs, before I burnt it had a massive ink blotch, not wanting to take my chances, I got rid of it, but this is the first one out of about a dozen discs I’ve seen with a prominant ink blotch.
Now, the second botched disc is interesting, because I was burning another Greenpod disc for DVD-Video (and not the data I’ve been using the discs for previously, the disc seemed to burn alright using IMG Burn (from an .ISO file, if your interested…) and shortly after, I verified the disc using IMGBurn, just to see if it would run, and the disc seemed to have got unreadable errors literally hours after an apparent successful burn!
In fairness, I think it was scratched to heck which made verification fail, and attempts to clone it, fail. Hmm. I think it’s fair to say I’ve learned my lesson.
The reason, now bare with me, I bought the cheap media is because it is… well, cheap. At the time, it didn’t make economical sense to buy expensive discs which may cost treble the cheaper discs because I hate paying for brand names which are just that.
But now I’ve got a grip, reputable brands don’t cost much more than economy discs! So, what I’m going to do is buy some more economy discs for everyday copies (or distrubution copies) for everyday discs, and invest in some top-notch discs like Verbitim for archiving and long-time data storage. That way, the archival discs can be put away where its not prone to daily where and tear.
I would rather a 20p disc go down, where I can just as easily make duplicates of the master disc, than the archive disc go down. Common sense or wasting my time with this? We might be onto something