Ray 2008-03-13 17:23:04
I got the [big] surprise of finding a DVD burner in my computer a few weeks ago 😉
(xmas before its time…)
Now, I need to archive pictures (my HD is full of them), but I’d like to get opinions on brands. As
you all know, digital pictures are negatives, and I’m a little worried (alright, I am a lot worried)
about putting them on an unreliable disc.
So far, I bought a Verbatim DVD+R, worked fine, though I had some problems having my regular DVD-ROM
drive reading it. I got, with the burner, two discs : HP DVD+R and HP DVD+RW. The +RW is just
unreadable with my regular DVD drive. The +R will read, when the moon is full and when there’s a
good song on the radio and when it wasn’t raining two days before.. (you get the picture, once every
The next brand (just found them last weekend) is Maxell. I used their CDs for several years now, no
So, if some of you have DVD burners, please post your comments about your prefered brand of discs,
if you can. It would be appreciated greatly!
Joe_henry1000 2008-03-13 17:23:07
I’ve had good luck with the Memorex DVD-R & DVD-RW, which I get at Target for a reasonable price. I’ve played them on my Mac’s DVD player, my brother’s Sony Playstation and my other brother’s RCA DVD player with no problems.
I’m not sure where (I’ll try to dig it up) but I read that -R format is a little more common on DVD players.
I’ve only made one coaster and that was a FujiFilm DVD+R.
Barbara_brunda 2008-03-13 17:23:09
Ray, if you’re planning to get a mac, you might want to read this about formats:
Joe_henry1000 2008-03-13 20:12:14
I also heard a rumor that Panther was going to support + media from the Finder. That’d be nice, lets keep our fingers crossed. Hey, you’re a big wig ( 😉 ) over there at the Apple support forums, have you heard anything that might confirm that?
Ray 2008-03-13 20:12:45
Thanks, I knew this particularity. That’s not a big problem, I’ll network my two computer if I have
to, then re-burn on DVD-R.
Ray 2008-03-13 20:12:47
Vicky bilaniuk 2008-03-14 01:21:52
Apparently, + is better, but – is more widely supported. And AFAIK,
hardly anything reads +RW (i.e. cheapo dvd players).
As for my preferred brand: whatever is cheapest. 😉 I keep multiple
copies of the things that really matter to me, and I tend to keep those
multiple copies on different types of media.
Vicky bilaniuk 2008-03-14 01:21:58
Really? That would probably not apply to the powerbooks, though.
Right? Mine’s a Matshita. The superdrives in the powerbooks are kind
of reduced in functionality compared to the full sized ones. It would
be cool if they could use + media, though. I obviously haven’t tried
Ray 2008-03-14 01:22:16
Vicky, my DVD+RW are read by my DVD player. It’s a Sony NSV-715P (not an expensive one).
Lou_m 2008-03-14 06:39:05
Don’t worry, Ray. Nowadays, new drives can read pretty much everything (+ or -, R or RW).
In spite of Apple’s protestations, my 15″ iMac & 12″ iBook from last year and my new 17″ PowerBook read all 4 major formats: DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW. Panasonic and Sony set top players from the past few years have read all formats, too. It’s really not an issue anymore unless you *need* compatibility with old equipment.
As Vicky mentioned, the PowerBooks use the “Matshita” drive (yes, it’s really “Matsushita”, the parent of Panasonic, but the drive displays as Matshita to the operating system). It records only DVD-R/RW, but it’ll play the +R/RW formats no problem.
Oh, and you’re getting pretty good with your English jokes, what with the full moon and all. 🙂
Lou_m 2008-03-14 06:39:09
Oh, yeah, wasn’t the question about disc brands? Oops.
For the “+” brands, they’re all pretty much made by the same company (Ricoh) so there’s not a huge difference. This will probably change soon, though, as + becomes more popular.
For the “-” brands, Maxell, TDK, Verbatim, and Apple seem to be the best. There’s a lot of cheap junk out there…sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. They depend on the phase of the moon and which batch you happen to get.
Ray 2008-03-14 09:21:46
Thanks Lou 🙂
All things being equal then, I’ll stick with Maxell. It served me good so far (for CD-R / RW), so I
shouldn’t have a problem.
Vicky bilaniuk 2008-03-14 14:36:41
Ah, I guess they are starting to catch up. Come to think of it, I think
I remember seeing some advertised, lately, as being able to read +RW. I
know mine doesn’t. It’s a couple of years old, now.
Vicky bilaniuk 2008-03-14 14:37:04
I had been wondering about that. Thanks for mentioning this. I had
wondered if Matsushita had somehow been split up or something. 😉 I
wonder why they shortened it? Was it one of the things that they had to
make smaller in order to fit the drive into the machine? (heh heh heh
I’m *just kidding*)
Lou_m 2008-03-15 06:26:00
Ha ha! Actually, you’re probably right, Vicky. They probably only have 8 characters for the drive ID, so they had to shorten it to Matshita. It might sound OK to Japanese speakers, but to English speakers, well… 🙂
Oh, and according to macrumors.com, it looks like Apple is finally supporting DVD+R/RW in Panther. According Apple’s web site:
(Scroll down to the System section near the end; it’s the first item listed.)