I’d suggest Ricoh 8x DVD+RW media if your drive is compatible (and if you can get your hands on those Ricohs). As an alternative the slower Verbatim 4x DVD+RW media.
If your drive can write to DVD-RAM and you like the though of using your disc as if it were a giant floppy, then DVD-RAM is a better solution than DVD+RW although not as fast (unless you can get some 12x DVD-RAM which are almost non-existant outside Japan).
Don’t expect your DVD+RW to hold your data as long as DVDÂ±R.
RW media should only really be used as a temporary data or video storage solution.
Personally, I only tend to use my RW discs in my set-top DVD Recorder to record TV programmes. Once I’ve filled up one RW disc, I take it to my PC, rip it to the hard drive and make a copy of it onto a -R or a +R disc. Then erase everything that was on the RW disc and re-use it.
This is essentially what RW discs should be used for.
To answer chrizio’s question, for making a backup of a windows installation; I’d recommend that you use either -R or +R discs but only if you’re burner can’t deal with DVD-RAM.
RW disks are ok if you do weekly backups of your files tho like me. I know that RW disks are not useful for archival purposes but if you are backing up data every week on the same RW disks then it doesn’t really matter.
Ah, you have a drive of the 8x R generation.
Then, you need to use 4x RW, as the unsupported 8x DVD+RW and 6x DVD-RW will only cause trouble.
Verbatim 4x DVD[U]+[/U]RW, for example, would be a good choice
Just forget about those Ricoh 8x DVD+RW (I haven’t seen any Ricoh RW fakes yet).
I use the jewel-cased Verbatim 4x DVD+RW (Reorder 43228) which, in fact, has the UPC/EAN (0) 23942 43228 (9).