DVD-R recordable media

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  1. fbtools@tiscali

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    hi
    i wonder if anybody can recommend a good make of blank dvd-r discs, ive used several makes including bulkpaq, and memorex, but have ended up with some coasters with both, are there any brands out there that are 100% reliable, hope somebody can help me thankyou in advance.


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  2. rich_jtg

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    Probably the most reliable are Taiyo Yuden and Verbatim, but obviously they cost more that cheap brands like Bulkpaq. www.svp.co.uk are having a cheap postage weekend, so might be worth a visit.

    (You don't say what machine you'll be burning them on though.)
     
  3. Baj

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    Avoid Datawrite Yellow (V2) 4x (DVD-R). The original dye was G04 and they were vey good discs. But I recently purchased a batch and some of them were G05 dye and 8x (although the packaging and discs were indistinguisable from previous purchases); they were completely useless when used with a Panny E85; they appeared to be 8x rejects.

    Out of 175 discs, I threw away 100!
     
  4. fbtools@tiscali

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    so is it the dye that distinguishes whether a disc is good or not, and is it go4 dye to go for
     
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    CMC MAG AE1 is a very good dye for me
    datasafe 8x printable from SVP at £4 for 25

    I lost a lot of data from G04 and don't use them any more. It also depends on what you are writing the disks with. Panasonics are very picky.
     
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    I am waiting for a Toshiba RDXS34 to be delivered and want to know which media to buy.
    I want to know whether it will cope with X8 discs or whether it can only write to X4 DVD-R and X2 DVD-RW.
    Can anyone advise please?
     
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    Never had any problems with G04 dye (Datawrite and Ridisc).
    I now use Sony discs; they are very good.
    Not worth the extra risk of using cheap discs (IMHO).
     
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    Thanks Baj... but should I look to buy only 4X -R discs (or will the RDXS32 cope OK with 8X discs)?

    Do you set the recording speed on the DVD recorder like you do with a computer? I mean, that if you use 8X speed discs, you can still set the machine to record at just 4X speed.

    Sorry to be so dim but I have no experience of DVD recording yet.
     
  9. MartinImber

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    Basically Ritek G04 is the dye to get :clap:
     
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    what about the 50 g04s i had that went bad after 1 month
    and another 5 g04 disks that went bad after 1 year
    all with complete loss of data

    I have never had any other dye type fail on that scale before, but use em if you want to , I love to tell people, told you so.
     
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    I have some yellow datawrite discs from well over a year ago which are now deteriorating. I haven't heard of the brand (a friend did them for me). Are they a major manufacturer / part of a larger group ?
     
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    Billandhelen: Sorry, can't help you; no experience of using RDXS32.

    Pjclark1: Bought my E85 seven months ago. I have just tested, using "Plextools Professional", the first two Datawrite Yellow DVDs that I burnt, for jitter, land and pit quality and recoverable and unrecoverable errors. They show no signs of deterioration.

    BUT: I agree with you; I have little confidence in them. I do not use G04 dye discs anymore. I use Sony (Mitsubishi MCC 01RG20 dye and ID). They are more expensive but still cheap. Whereas cheap media may be less expensive, it is costly in terms of satisfaction.
     
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    I tried a G04 from last May - perfect, a 2 year old FWS (AFAIK Ritek) - perfect.

    Tried some G04s from Dec 2003 - fine

    All burnt at x1 or x2 with a Pio 104
     
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    With the XS32, no problem with 8x -R discs. It will only write at 4x of course, but the discs work fine (as long as it is a quality disc that it likes). I believe in general there aren't issues with using 8X -R on a 4X recorder. (I do the same on my 4X PC DVD writer).

    For -R, I have good luck with the Verbatim pastel coloured ones (TY02 dye), from SVP. Not cheap though.


    Where there are issues is with DVD-RW. The XS32 only writes these at 2X, and in general it won't touch a 4X -RW disc. I think the standard changed between 2X and 4X and they are not compatible.

    Mark
     
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    TDK No coasters on Panny 95
     
  17. oopsnow2

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    I've just got an XS32 and having great trouble with it playing discs. I've no idea what GO4 is and Dye's are and though have looked for this info when out buying some discs...cannot not always see it.

    Wouldn't it be a better idea to just state what discs this machine does actually read! I'm gonna give the machine another week before I consider taking it back.
     
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    Thanks Mark

    I took the advice from a previous thread and bought some extra 2 speed -RW incase they become less available.

    I have good luck with Memorex and Maxell disks but not TDK.
     
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    Note that there are grades of Ritek (G04) media. Anything other than Grade A can have dye distribution artifacts (manifest as smearing), or incomplete layer bonding around the centre hole. The latter may not have too much influence on burning, but the former certainly will and could account for the differing experiences with 'G04' dye.

    Then there are always the fake Ritek discs, which means you should only buy from a reputable supplier.
     
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    Blank media......a topic always in dispute ;)

    My advice would be to go somewhere that offer "sample packs" - you will pay a small amount for a variety of disks........use them, see what gives the best results and then order 100 of them :)

    My personal favorite for a while now has been the Verbatim DVD-Rs, they seem to work in everything for me.
     

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