What DVD-R Media Do You Use

Discussion in 'CD/DVD/BD Blanks' started by Rodster, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. customshopkv1

    customshopkv1 Well-Known Member

    I have about 400 movies, and some are Fuji (about 125). The Fuji's are about 1 to 2 years old. I have started transfering those movies to Verbatim disc and am finding 30% are unreadable when they get towards the end of the disc. My suggestion is to use Verbatim or Taiyo Yuden unless you enjoy making backups on a regular basis. :disagree:

    Also I have found that how you store then makes a huge difference. Don't use those binders at all. Buy the slim cases.:agree:
  2. mmdavis

    mmdavis Well-Known Member

    I use TY Premium -R and Verbatim +R DL.
  3. Crusher

    Crusher Well-Known Member

    So far everyone has talked about the good media. What about the bad media that we all need to stay away from? Personally, I would never buy anything from Memorex. Their SL discs lock my drive after a burn and the DL discs are just expensive coasters:mad:
  4. oldjoe

    oldjoe Well-Known Member

    The bad media list is a long one.....generally, everything that isn't Ty or Verbatim is bad.
  5. mmdavis

    mmdavis Well-Known Member

    Makes more sense to show WHAT to buy versus what not to buy. There are threads all over this forum where we express "opinions" on what to use and not use. This shows we actually use the products we suggest and know how good they are compared to all the rest, because we have already been down that road.
  6. Waz

    Waz Member

    I've used Memorex disc for three years now. They have all worked. I use them for the slip case soft binder cd/dvd holder for the coffee table. I don't mind if they get scrached pulling them out and putting them back in the soft disc cases.

    My main backup(Archive) discs are Sony Accucore discs (Burned at 1x). I leave them in slim jewel cases on the shelf. If the memorex discs get scrached I pull a sony disc and make another back up(Burned at 4x). I don't pull the originals out except right after I buy them and make a back up.

    I've used the Pioneer SL Burners and the Memorex External x16 and x18 with only one drive going bad as a burner(still reads like a champ).

    I've used the Memorex -R for years. Have used one hundred Memorex +R DL without any problems Burned 1x. I've also used Maxell, Pioneer, and TDK.

    I've started using the Sony +R DLs and haven't had any problem except two of my players aren't compatable with +R formats.

    Slysoft has been the best software of any that I have used. I have not used them all...but I've used quite a few.

    Just my .02

  7. mmdavis

    mmdavis Well-Known Member

    You are indeed very fortunate. I have not been able to use Memorex Audio CD-R in a Sony CD recorder, although it likes Verbatim Audio CD-R and even the cheap GQ Audio CD-R from Frys.

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  8. Crusher

    Crusher Well-Known Member

    I'd add Sony to that list :agree:
  9. customshopkv1

    customshopkv1 Well-Known Member

    Actually I have been copying my movies from Fuji, Memorex and Sony discs to Verbatims. About 30% of the Fujis are unreadable, 100% of the Memorex are unreadable, and 90% of the Sonys are unreadable.

    125 Fuji
    50 Sony
    30 Memorex

    1 to 2 years old.
  10. Crusher

    Crusher Well-Known Member

    Im not surprised that your Memorex discs don't work. I havent had one work yet. I am surprised that most of your Sony discs failed too, i havent had one go bad on me. :bowdown:
  11. LCSeminole

    LCSeminole New Member

    Started out only using Maxell DVD-R's made in Japan, can no longer find them, then I ordered Taiyo Yuden DVD-R's from SupermediaStore, haven't looked back.
  12. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    You'd have to look for Maxell Plus and Maxell Broadcast Quality to find Maxell dvd-rs that are made in Japan now. Both are excellent. The generic Maxell discs (that most people buy) are not good, however (and they aren't made in Japan).
    Last edited: May 12, 2007
  13. Rich86

    Rich86 Well-Known Member


    I use mostly TDK (CMC) 16x DVD+R, inkjet printable media, burned at 4x or 8x booktype set to dvd-rom.
    They perform very reliably on my system (Benq and Lite-On burners) and read/play everywhere consistently.
  14. cheesie

    cheesie Member

    ty's & verbs
  15. deoren

    deoren Member

    I also have been using these but only for about 5 months so I don't know how they hold up long term.

    The media code is SONY16D1 and is listed in the '1ST CLASS MEDIA' listing here:

    So far for me the burns have been great and they've worked as expected. We'll see how they hold up. ;)

    Regarding Memorex I'll never buy another one of their discs if I can help it. The top coating flecked easily and success rates were low.

    Maxell & Sony for me. :)
  16. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

  17. garyleegm007

    garyleegm007 Member


    ok. probably speaking out of turn....but

    mine are + not --.
    and I buy whatever looks like a nice deal at either tiger direct or amazon.
    I do not subscribe to label buying. as long as I get + I am happy.
  18. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    That's an excellent way to end up with inferior quality blank media. But if you're happy, then so am I.
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2007
  19. oldjoe

    oldjoe Well-Known Member

    "label buying" is a very wise practice when it comes to DVD media.
    Give those discs a year or so and see how playable they are.
  20. Rodster

    Rodster Well-Known Member

    Hi all

    I use 2 lots of media. TDK DVD-R 4.7GB blanks Made in Taiwan, and if I need to use a DualLayer disc for quality reasons, i use Verbatim. I havent had a single dead TDK DVD-R disc yet, and no dead Verbatim DL disc yet either.

    I also recently discovered I had a bundle of Sony DVD-R 4.7GB discs Made in Japan which i havent tried yet, and I also have 1 x TDK DVD-R Armour Plated - up to 100x scratch resistant - has a gold coating - Made in Japan. These cost around $10 Australian. I haven't seen these in the shops for a while so I'd say they were no popular.