Panasonic E85 and Emtec DVD-R

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  1. adrianl

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    Yesterday picked up a spindle of 50 Emtec DVD-R 1-4x for £17.99 in PC World sale. Usually their prices aren't competitive but they occasionally have good media offers.

    Have searched this forum and one guy posted that he'd had 3 coasters out of 11 with this brand on E85!

    Does anyone have any other experiences to confirm whether the poster had a bad batch, or that there is a general problem with Emtec discs on E85?

    If the former I'll take it back for refund (no coasters up till now burning dozens of Imation DVD-R). If experiences more psoitive I'll pick up some more spindles before sale ends on 1st Feb!

    Thanks for advice,

    Adrian
     
  2. Rasczak

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    To be honest one posters bad experiences doesn't really indicate whether you will have trouble or not. For one thing you may have an E85 with a different OEM drive than his. Secondly Emtec is just a label and thus the discs themselves could have come from entirely different sources.

    Your best bet is to try one or two and see how they perform. I assume you will be recording to your HDD first so there is no risk of losing recordings - but if you are direct DVD-R recording a good trick is to title the disc prior to recording. That way you get a good idea whether the disc will work before trying to record.
     
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    Sound advice and thoughts Rasczak. That's a really good tip on titling first too and saving time/grief!

    Thanks,

    Adrian
     
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    Glad to be of help!

    It is a good indicator. I should point out there are some instances where a recording that has been titled will still fail - but in my experience if it titles successfully then it will record without problems 95% of the time.
     
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    I bought some of those Emtec discs and have had loads of coasters on my pc DVD writer. They sometimes write ok but if I run a verify, they nearly always fail.

    I have only tried 1 or 2 on the E85 and they seemed to have worked but I just don't trust them so I don't use them anymore.

    Stuart
     
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    Thanks Stuart. I think I may get these refunded at PCWorld while still sealed...
     
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    As an aside '50 DVD-R for £17.99' isn't a partiicularly good price considering you can get 25 quite decen't DVD-R's for about 6 quid (online at svg), and if you want to go for something expensive and not online, you can get verbatums for about £10 for 25 at somewhere like office world..so not much more
     
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    The last Emtec DVD-R that I used sent my E85 into a state of apoplexy.. shutting down.. restarting.. shutting down etc. I binned the lot! I have found that Verbatim, Sony, Maxell and TDK (either 4x or 8x) have been the most reliable and out of 200+ now, I've not had one coaster. Verbatim are currently £6.70 + VAT for 25 at Ebuyer.
     
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    Well I returned the Emtecs. PC World was doing iMation 25 spindles for £9.99 down from £12.99 so I picked up a couple of these instead. I know it's not the cheapest but 40p/disc is still pretty good and I've not had a single problem with several dozen iMation dvd-r.
     

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