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Bill Downing 01-09-2011 11:25 AM

Best RW CDs and DVDs
What are the best RW CDs and DVDs?

admin 01-10-2011 12:00 AM

What speed for the DVD-RW or DVD+RW is needed? For that matter, are you after DVD-RW or DVD+RW?
In general, stick with MKM/MCC discs, usually as part of the Verbatim brand.

You'll mostly be buying old stock, and online, as RW isn't really made anymore. Not much of it, anyway. Most of the new discs I see it CMC, which can be hit or miss. Not reliable like the older Mitsubishi discs were.

For CD-R, anything tends to be fine. I use a lot of Ritek CD-RW.

Remember that RW media is only suggested for temporary use -- a few days or weeks at most. Leaving data on a rewritable disc for months or years is asking for data loss.

I'd use these...

- Verbatim 95179 4.7GB 2X Branded DVD-RW (30pk Spindle) - $30 @ Amazon
- TDK DVD-RW 4x 4.7GB (25-Pack Spindle)
Stick to 2x for DVD recorders. Only use 4x for computers.


- Verbatim 94834 4.7 GB 1x- 4x ReWritable Disc DVD+RW, 30-Disc Spindle by Verbatim
For DVD recorders or computer use.

- Sony, Verbatim or TDK branded CD-RW from Amazon.
Pick the spindle/case size that meets your needs, as you can get anywhere from 5 to 100 in a single pack.

Not too complicated. :)

Bill Downing 01-11-2011 10:01 AM

After this answer, I went to the manual for my DVD recorders.
One requires +RW, the other - (I can use + in it, but have to format them).
In checking the specifications of the required media, I came across version numbers (1.1, 1.2).
Different versions allow different speeds.
What is this all about?

admin 01-13-2011 01:15 PM

In the earlier days, DVD media was different -- or rather the burners were. Old 1x-2x DVD-R drives, for example, could be damaged by putting a 4x (or faster) blank disc in the drive. The drives didn't understand the new media. The same was true of DVD-RW. It was never really an issue for DVD+RW. It was not an issue at all for DVD+R that I can recall.

I'm not near my stack of blank DVD-RW right now (to look at for verification), or my research folder, but going off memory, v1.0-v1.1 was 2x DVD-RW, while v1.2 was 4x DVD-R. If the DVD recorder is using DVD-RW, and is so old that the manual only mentions 2x DVD-RW discs, then I would NOT try to insert a 4x DVD-RW into it. It's been quite a few years since I need to know any of that off-hand, because of how drives have changed in the past 5-7 years.

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