- my personal experience
- and reading this thread (espacially when somebody like alexnoe says so ...):
I stopped definitively using packet writing software to save precious data
I use now a DVD-RAM disk formated like a HDD in FAT 32 and I copy the data to the disk only by click and drop through the Windows Explorer.
This possibility is native in XP not in 98 SE (there are some issues I am not able to explain here between the operating system and DVD-RAM's if they formated in Fat 32 or the format UDF version ?)
From time to time I save the data by burning them on a other DVD-RAM in multisession using Nero. So the reading of this second DVD-RAM is indepenent from Windows and the DVD-RAM driver native or installed .
This way my data are readable on almost any computer.
All my precious software and data are stored that way (I have also a backup on an external HDD).
The only limitation is that you have to use a DVD-ROM adrive which is able to read DVD-RAM to transport the information on a other computer (some Toshiba DVD-ROM and Pioneer DVD burners can read DVD-RAM)
A the moment I do that using a LG 4163B burner which was almost the only good all around and 5x DVD-RAM burner one on the market. But this burner is not able to burn DVD-RAM with a cartidge.
I am am looking forward to use this Panasonic LF-M821 drive which is able to burn DVD-RAM's with cartridge: no dust, fingerprints and scratches anymore on the disc !!
If you are concerned about how safe DVD-RAM is I suggest you read
" Study says DVD-RAM provides safest bet for data storage "
" Think twice before you write once "