Recording Media - Good and Bad

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  1. sparrow-07

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    I am just about to enter into the world of DVD recording & I wanted to gather together some comments on the different makes of recording media.

    The main purpose of this thread would be for people to determine whether, or not, to risk buying a certain make just because it is cheap.

    If you could post along the lines of the following :

    Disc manufacturer (e.g. Maxell etc.), Type of disc (e.g. DVD-RAM, DVD-R etc.), Machine (e.g. Panasonic E85 etc.), how many failures (if any) you've had out of the amount of discs you have used.

    You may like to include where you got them from & how much you paid.

    Please feel free to add any other comments you may have.
     
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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; they appeared to be 8x rejects.

    Out of 175 discs, I threw away 100!
     
  3. AVFan7667

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    Using my XS32 I have been using Verbatim 8X -Rs and Memorex 2X -RWs. About 100 burned and not a single failure.

    Get my media from Ebuyer.
     
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    I have a Panasonic E75.

    With DVD-R discs, I've used: Memores(4x,8x), Panasonic(4x), Sony(4x), TDK(4x) and Verbatim(4x). The only brand to give me trouble is Memorex, both 4x and 8x. Nearly 50% had errors when verifying.

    With DVD-RAM discs, I've used: Panasonic(with and without cartridges) and Emtec(with cartridges). So far, no errors on any.
     
  5. anna the dub

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    I have a pioneer 420, previously a 3100.

    With DVD-R discs, I've used: Mirror (4x), Ritek (Ridisc 4x 8x).

    With DVD-RW discs, I've used: Verbatim (2x), TDK (2x), Sony (1x) and Ritek Ridisc (2x)

    So far, no errors whatsoever, but I have stopped using Mirror because I though picture quality was low

    Buy all my discs from UKDVDR
     
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    Mine is an E85

    DVD-R: Sony (4x); TDK (8x); Maxell (4x); Verbatim (4x + 8x); O1NE (4x) - all OK
    DVD-R: Emtec (4x) - VERY unreliable
    DVD-RAM: Panasonic (3x) - OK
     
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    Panasonic E95

    DVD-RAM: Panasonic 3x: 5/5 OK
    DVD-R: Taiyo-Yuden 8x: 26/26 OK

    I went straight with the Taiyo-Yuden silvers from SVP and haven't tried any others. I did some homework about which disks and decided paying a little more for a reliable media was better than worrying whether the next disk from a cheapo spindle would be a dodgy one.
     
  8. sparrow-07

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    That's great everyone - keep them coming.

    Also, please could you post links to the shops you buy from.
     
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    For DVD-R, I've used Verbatim 4x Pastel Coloured (TY02 dye), from http://www.cd-rmedia.co.uk/
    I've burned 100+ on my PC without a problem... I've only burned about 10 on my XS32, but again without any problems. Not cheap, but they reliable, and also pretty colours. Note the 4x is now replaced by 8x, and cd-rmedia doesn't carry them anymore, but SVP does. http://www.svp.co.uk/

    For -RW, I've used both the TDK scratchless 2x and Verbatim 2x (MCC dye) with my XS32. I've only used 3 discs (repeated times), but no problems. I got the Verbatims from cd-rmedia (but again they don't have them any more), and the TDKs (still in stock) from SVP.

    Mark
     
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    On my E85 and E55 I've used Verbatim 4x Pastel Coloured with 100% success and Panasonic 3x Ram and Ridisc RAM all with 100% success
     
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    For -RW I like many people have found the TDK 2X the most reliable.

    You say those Verbatums with the TY02 dye are OK on your xs32???

    Funny thing is I told my brother I would like some Datawrite Greys for Christmas and got some Datawrite Reds, the computer shop(!) told him they were the same.

    Anyway the Datawrite red the dye is TY02 and they apear to be OK on my (very) fussy xs32
     
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    Yes, my XS32 likes the TY02 Verbatims. I've only burned 10 or so (maybe 15), but all have been fine.
    And my kids like the nice colours....

    Mark
     
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    On my Toshiba D-R2 I use Princo DVD-R 4x, and never a problem. Memorex DVD-RW 2x and Panasonic DVD-RAM 3x.
     
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    There is always more risk in buying by brand rather than manufacturer. Similarly there is always more risk in buying by price rather than manufacturer.

    All is explained here; you may recognise certain media codes from the posts above, and judge for yourself whether they are worth that risk.
     
  15. JethroUK

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    i have Philips HDRW720 & i buy the cheapest discs (+R) that Blankdisc shop have in stock at the time

    i used around 100 bulkpaq x4 (£6 per 25)

    and more recently i've used nearly 75 Datasafe x8 (£5 per 25)

    without issue - baaaaaaaaaaargwin at under 20p each
     
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    A philosophy which evidently suits you at the moment. So you'll be going for the Tuffdisc CMCs at £20 for 100 next, presumably. We look forward to hearing how they are doing in a year's time.
     
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    The Datasafe x8 are less than £20 per 100

    otherwise i could easily be tempted :)

    i stopped buying branded the moment one of my TDK RW's (£5 EACH), turned up a coaster within 2 months

    to be honest, at 18 p each, i only expected half of em to work - but they 'all' have -

    thread seems to be about compatability - but just for the record - i've had some of them over a year & they 'still' work
     
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    Panasonic E85.
    Burnt about 40 DVD-R (mix of high-speed and real-time dubbing)
    No failures so far with iMation x4 and x8, and Maxell x4
     
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    Would you believe it after finding that Datawrite Red have the TY02 dye and WORK. I tried 5 different places on Saturday and nobody has them.

    But the datawrite greys were back so I got some off them.

    But they are NOT fuji dye again. They are Prodisc.

    Out of 4 packs the first was Fuji, then next didn't work at all (none all 25 couldn't be recognise by xs32 or any dvd writter)

    The next pack wasn't a fuji dye and 2 months latter this pack isn't fuji either.

    The seem to work but write just under 2X, takes about 40mins for a 85% full disc.

    The manual recogmends Taiyo-yuden disc... Could this be the TY02 dye???
     
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    Yes, TY02 is a Taiyo-yuden code.
    I have seen that there have been issues with fakes - as this is a sought after code, some bad apples have been putting a TY02 code on the disc when it isn't really. But if you combine the TY02 code with a good brand name and supplier you should be OK.

    Mark
     
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    The only genuine TY DVD-R discs i have found easily available in the UK are either the Verbatim Pastel-coloured discs or the unbranded TY spindles from SVP.

    Anything else, especially if dirt cheap are likely to be fakes made in China/Hong Kong by unscrupulous manufacturers. TYs are expensive, if you find them cheap, i'd do some research before buying them.

    Have used 100+ genuine TY's in both PC writers & a Panasonic E95, no failures.
     
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    I have a Panasonic E55. :thumbsup:

    I have burned well over two hundred DVD's over the last few years on this and a previous machine and have never had any failures with Verbatim.

    Another brand to get a :thumbsup: from me is Sony

    Panasonic DVD-RAM is excellent also.
     
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    one to avoid
    RItek G04 Printable serial J3-03xxxxxxxxx
    I had 50 of these and they became totally unreadable after 2 months

    one to get
    Datasafe Titanium/Yellow 8x CMC MAG AE1
    burnt loads of these, and NO failures (time will tell of course)
     
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    Thanks to all of you who have contributed so far, some good advice there. :smashin:

    Seems that a lot of people have had a look so far (over 900 views). So your advice is very valuable. I now have a good idea of what to look out for.
     
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    i've tried datasafemedia 4x and infiniti +r in my philips r70 and it reads them for a while and then chucks them out it reads and accepts +rw datawrite and +rw ritek though. i.ve had a couple of those disc errors that still makes a successful recording. my panasonic player accepts the +r discs once finalised and they are accepted in my cheapo relisys and records no bother.
    can anybody advise me of a good alternative disc that does work for them in their machine?
    :confused:
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    I have a Panasonic E55 DVD-Recorder and I use generic discs (200 for $60 CDN), and, in the past three months, I've had problems with two...three at the most (but I attribute that to the player, not the discs). Other than that, they work perfectly.

    I buy them at factorydirect.ca (which is a computer hardware store).
     
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    Philips recommend you finalise +r asap - very fragile in write state
     
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    Can I ask where did you get these from ? Like you I've very good results with Datawrite Yellow 4x and I've just ordered some more! I had heard of problems with the 8x versions and so I was happy to stick with the 4x even though they are actually more expensive. Blank Disc Shop says the following about the 4x :-

    ... newer version of the Datawrite Yellow DVD-R disc from Datawrite... a very compatible Ritek A Grade disc using the excellent G04/M02 dye.

    I've yet to have a bad purchase from Blank Disc Shop who seem to know what media is all about.

    Thanks for any more information you can give !
     
  29. montsett

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    i bought the datasafe from a computer fair and theinfiniti from a small pc shop in newcastle upon tyne. thanks for your help perhaps i should try some others . any more to recommend?
    :confused:
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  30. montsett

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    why would the recorder read the +r discs for a while and then reject them? i've tried most from one spindle and another make.
    :cool:
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