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DVD-R media

Discussion in 'Optical Storage & Writing' started by Alloneword, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. Alloneword


    Joined: Oct 16, 2008

    Posts: 220

    I have not bought any DVD-R media for at least 5 years :eek:
    I used to buy TDK blanks but it would seem they have left the market nowadays, well i can't find any anywhere.
    Are people still using DVD-R media nowadays or has everybody moved over to Blu-Ray's blanks?

    Also what is the best DVD-R media to get nowadays and if i'm allowed to ask the best place to buy it from online?

  2. Glanza


    Joined: Mar 13, 2007

    Posts: 8,582

    Location: South Yorkshire

    Traxdata / Ritek DVD-R are the ones we sell the most of for the last 6 years.
  3. hornetstinger


    Joined: Sep 6, 2016

    Posts: 5,107

    Still have a couple of cakes boxes. Don't think I'll ever use them, a HD works out better value for money and faster.
  4. Alloneword


    Joined: Oct 16, 2008

    Posts: 220

    I do have a copy of most of the stuff i want to keep on a normal HDD, but we all know HDD are not that trustworthy, that is why i back up to media as a fail safe, and that is what i was looking at my fail safe method, doing a simple bit of maths it seems DVD media and BluRay media work out about th same when it comes to storing data per GB so think i will just bite the bullet and buy new BluRay drive.

  5. mistersprinkles

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 21, 2016

    Posts: 1,968

    Location: Oh Canada!

    Just a word of warning, CD's were supposed to last forever, but people are finding that 10+ year old CD-R's are degrading, and even proper commercial CD albums released in the early 80s are degrading. DVD is supposed to be a better archival media and Blu-Ray even better than that, but I still wouldn't trust them for critical things like family photos that you want to look at in forty years.. (As if you even could.. as optical media will be long gone and any drives you had to read that data will be long dead as will the SATA standard and it's just a cluster fudge really.)
  6. Alloneword


    Joined: Oct 16, 2008

    Posts: 220

    I know nothing is perfect but trying to find the best option open to me right now, given the price of half decent dvd media seems to be sill price i was toying with the idea of buying Blu-Ray burner and media, for me i tend to store movie's and TV series so i'm guessing the vast majority can be replaced over time just a massive ball ache to do it.

  7. marcus_667

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Mar 3, 2006

    Posts: 1,369

    Location: wakefield

    I buy taiyo yuden dvd-r printables aswell as cd-rs from a place in barnsley
  8. Bugbait


    Joined: Jan 13, 2018

    Posts: 273

    Location: London

    Taiyo Yuden are meant to one of the best. For long term archive you'll want the M-DISC (Millennial Disc) which comes in DVD and Blu-ray format. I've used them for archiving digital photos. It's only been a few years so can't comment on the true longevity but at least it's not just a dye like normal discs.
  9. Cyber-Mav


    Joined: Jul 30, 2005

    Posts: 13,496

    Location: Midlands

    my original network q rac rally cd has degraded its gone yellow in colour and is no longer readable.

    verbatim brand shows to be better quality. cdfreaks.com forums if you want to see error tests done on discs.