Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by bradavon78, Jul 10, 2005.
Bar eBay of course.
The best I can find is £15 for 10 from svp.co.uk
£19.99 for a pack of 10 3x Panasonic DVD-RAM discs from PC World.
gotta say Costco. IIRC cheaper even than svp. Panny branded - and no postage.
Thanks Drambo but that's more expensive than SVP. Although the SVP discs aren't Panasonic.
Steve do you mean: http://www.costco.co.uk/ ?
I ask as you can't seem to buy online and they charge a membership fee (what the fudge) + they are opened to the public so it's a moot point. Thanks btw.
yep thats the badger.
You can join if you have your own company/business or if you are in a listed set of 'professions'
if you know a member they can get them for you of course.
If you have one near you its worth popping in - even if you can't join someone shopping there could pick up a few for you.
what county are you in/what is your nearest costco ?
How much is membership I couldn't find this out online.
What are those?
Uk and Bristol.
big list of trades/professions listed inside Costco. won't even try to recall them.
Just had a trip to my local one (Watford, sorry..) and had a look at the Ram disks.
12.32 gbp per pack of 10.
If you are passing your local one drop in for a look around. they do all kindsa AV stuff as well as your usual stuff.
Costco individual membership is £25 +VAT, there is one in Bristol IIRC, bargins can be found there but some things cost more than at Sainsburys. It is not that difficult to get membership providing you have a letterhead or from a company they recognise and have the relevant proof. Been a member for some years but not convinced its worth it.
I bought those green labeled DVD RAM disks from SVP, and they've been working fine so far. Only used 3 out of the 10 (hey - they're re-writable!) and writen to each about 40 times without any problems.
I have a DMR-EH50
I prefer the look of the other ones. Green DVDs = yuck!
p.s - Pilotsnipes what speed are they? It doesn't say on SVP.
Its the (Panny) packaging thats green, not the DVDs
Thanks Steve but I was referring to the Ritek green DVDs sold by SVP.
There is nothing at all the matter with the SVP DVD-RAM discs. They are virtually the same as the Panasonics and cheaper. Plus they have two different makes both in spindles of 10 and priced at £14-99. All DVD-RAM discs are the same brownish spiral finished on the recording face. The light green cover on the SVP discs is quite attractive.
Ebuyer also have Memorex DVD-RAM discs in DVD-cases. £7 for a pack of five plus postage.
For an excellent description of DVD-RAM do a search on Google for Wikipedia.org and then search for DVD-RAM. Clearly illustrated photo's plus how to extract disc from caddy on the caddy types. Non caddy type discs are required for use in the LG and Panasonic DVD PC writers.
No one said there was. I just said I didn't like the colour is all.
Good idea on Ebuyer.
Are they normal DVD-RAMS inside the caddies? Could you then use them on non-caddy drives?
Yes - they are normal RAM discs inside the caddies. The idea of using the caddies is to avoid scratches on the disc. I don't think it would be a good idea tho to remove the dual sided 9.4GB RAM discs from caddies as these are the most likely to become scratched.
The link for the Wikipedia website is this one :
Thanks. This is neat:
"Unlike the competing formats DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW and DVD-RW, you do not need special DVD burning software to write or read DVD-RAMs on a computer. DVD-RAMs can be accessed like a usual floppy disk or hard drive."
That's all very well but from a practical point of view it means you need special hardware to read them and said hardware won't be able to read other types of DVD.
So put simply no thanks.
Who told you that? DVD burners capable of reading caddied DVD-RAMs are quite capable of reading/writing to other types of CD/DVD media - it's just the tray differs in design from the normal. Unfortunately only selected Panasonic burners have such a tray. If you have a normally DVD burner (that is RAM compatible) you can easily remove the disc from the caddy and place it in the drive like any other DVDR - the ancient 'stuck in a caddy discs' are long since gone!
It's a pity caddies are unfashionable - it's not to bad for DVD-RAM as it's not too prone to errors - but BluRay will suffer as a result. Those who think the TDK scratchproof coating is the answer to all issues are living on Pluto!
The odd few caddied DVD-RAM discs I have are for use in my Panasonic DVD recorders. I also have a JVC DVD recorder which will not accept these. The instruction is to remove them from the caddy first. Also my Panasonic DVD Player (S27) will not take these discs in the caddy - but it will play DVD-RAM discs without a caddy - even those recorded on the JVC machine. The Panasonic PLAYERS are the only ones I know of which will play DVD-RAM discs (recorded at any speed).
Anyway - I have now stopped puchasing RAM discs in these caddies - too much hassle. BTW Argos catalogue shops sell the Panasonic RAM blanks in packs of five. Approx £12. I bought several packs when they had their buy one get one free offer on last year.
Several JVC and NAD models will also play DVD-RAM (minus caddy). In addition DVD-RAM playback has now been added to Pioneer DVD-RAM recorders.
"There is nothing at all the matter with the SVP DVD-RAM discs. They are virtually the same as the Panasonics and cheaper. Plus they have two different makes both in spindles of 10 and priced at £14-99"
Have they dropped the price to les than 12.32 for 10 ? thats a bargain.
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