Thank you for your insightful explanation getit29! So, would you recommend this Verbatim UltraLife Archival Grade DVD-Rs/CD-Rs for storing very important data? I’m choosing this because of its metal AZO dye and dual layer technology (part silver, part gold).
On a different note, I notice that one of your burners is NEC/Optiarc brand. I have a Sony NEC Optiarc AD-7230S DVD+/-RW burner, which came with my Dell XPS 730X system. Since you seem experienced with and knowledgeable about burning and testing burned discs–which is hinted by your six burners–I would like to ask you your recommended burning speed for my AD-7230S drive? I’ve read from other posts that to always burn at half the rated speed, which in the case of UltraLife 8x DVD-R is 4x. Does this also apply to UltraLife 52x CD-Rs? I also read that the standard scanning speed for NEC/Optiarc drives is 5x.