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Good bye RAM hello RW

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by nunew33, Apr 22, 2005.

  1. nunew33

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    Panasonic and Toshiba both owe me 99,998 writes on each of the DVD RAMS that have ceased to work. Neither are scratched or marked. yet both have gone belly up and when they were working they were rediculously slow to register and write to.

    So I bought a few TDK scratchproofs and hey presto all is ok and im on my 3rd scrub and write. So already they have out performed RAM in terms of resilience!

    What is the benefit of RAM?
     
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    Being able to read/write to at the same time to allow "Timeslip"
     
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    Er... so that would be no benefit then. DVD-RWs can do this in the right machine (e.g. Sony RDR GX700 or Pioneer 320).
     
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    nunew33 is clearly upset as he has had a bad experience - therefore the pros and cons of DVD-RAM aren't really going to be of interest here. Needless to say there are a few (well discussed) benefits of DVD-RAM but, as Bloomsburybill points out 'Timeslip' is not RAM exclusive anymore.

    I also use TDK scratchproof DVD-RWs with my Sony GXD500 and rate them highly.
     
  5. howardmg

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    If you have the Toshiba, you can use the disc library functionality with RAM but not with RW. I haven't used this yet but seems a useful advantage.
     
  6. nunew33

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    Indeed I have. I know the advantages, I just want my 99,998 rewrites, it didnt do what it said on the box. Fortunately I dont need em
     
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    I've been using my DVD-RAM discs for daily recordings for 3 years now & I have not had a faulty disc. My RAM discs are the Catridge type enclosed in caddys. I am not sure how reliable the non-catridge RAM discs are. I can guarantee you the 100000 re-writes & 30 year shelf life with catridge/caddy enclosed discs. These RAM discs are worth the extra cost compared to the unprotected discs.
     
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    You can get bad experiences with -RW discs too. I used a Vertatim -RW disc and after about 3 uses it stopped working. I switched to the TDK scratchproof, and have been using the same disc over and over for the past few months with no problem (haven't been counting the uses though...).

    I know the advantages of RAM, and have a couple of discs on the shelf, but have yet to use them. For general watch and wipe, I use the HDD only. When my wife wants a disc to watch and wipe on a different player/TV, I create a -RW. And for things I want to keep long term, I dub to DVD-R. If I ever ran out of room on my HDD, or wanted to backup for some reason, I guess I'd use the RAM.

    Mark
     
  9. Lizzybif

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    Where do you get these from Drambo? I am going to get a DVD recorder soon and would like to get these as they sound good.

    Liz
     
  10. Steve N

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    Liz,
    Try www.pricebuster.org.uk

    press enter
    press dvd
    press ram
    and look for the ones described as " in caddy "

    Cheers - Steve
     
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    You can buy a Panasonic Single-sided DVD-RAM disc in a catridge/caddy for £3.50 and a pack of 3 double-sided RAM discs for £20. Purchases over £20 have free delivery. Here's the link:

    AVLAND
     

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