I have quite a large home movie collection by now (stored as .avi files on CD-R), but to my horror, I recently discovered that a lot of the “older” ones (> two years) have significant errors on them already. Those were Acer, Ricoh and Plasmon according to CDR Identifier - well, my own fault for buying that crap, I suppose. The old Verbatim Datalife Plus I have still seem to be working fine, no surprise there. Right now, I’m using Platinum (Ritek), but they don’t seem to be that great either.
Anyway, I’ve deciced to get serious about “burning for the future” now - I’d like to copy my entire collection on some lasting, quality CD-R media. I’m not concerned with burn speed or price that much, just with the durability. I’ve done some research and there’s two brands I’m considering now, Taiyo Yuden (labelled “Plextor” here in Germany) and MAM-E Golden Dye.
I’ve heard a lot of great things about Plextor / Taiyo Yuden, but my concern is that they use cyanine dye, which isn’t supposed to last as long as some of the other ones - “only” 20 years or so. Is that an accurate figure, or do Taiyo Yuden use some advanced form of cyanine now, which will last longer? I know that in 20 years, we’ll probably be using entirely new blank media, anyway, but I suppose it can’t hurt to go for media today which are supposed to last even longer than that - meaning that a larger part of the collection will probably stay intact over the years.
On the other hand, MAM-E Golden Dye use phthalocyanine, which is supposed to be more resilient in the long term. But I have heard mixed reports about the basic quality of those CD-R’s. Some say they get fantastic CC1/C2 burn results, almost as good or even better than Plextor / Taiyo Yuden. Others say the opposite, that they’re getting much worse results with MAM-E. The information I could get my hands on seems pretty inconclusive. Looks like they have pretty inconsistent quality, one great batch, then a poor one. Is that still the situation today, or have they become more consistent?
If somebody here could share their experiences with those media, I’d be most grateful. Or maybe you know an entirely different brand in the same price range that yields good results? As I said, my main concern is the longevity. Of course, I’d love to burn my entire collection on MAM-E Pro-Studio Gold (supposed to last 200 years), but that’s a little too expensive for me. And it seems like overkill, anyway - who’s going to use CD-R in 50 years time, after all?
Thanks a lot for your help, and best regards,