I have always used Verbatim BD-R discs that were easy to get from Best Buy. I have had 2 discs out of the last 5-6 spindles that were bad (I think more the fault of my burner than the disc).
Anyhow, I don't mind going with some other media if you folks give it an endorsement because I trust the pros here. Where do you buy and what do you look for? Best Buy recently plumped up the price of 25-pack considerably. I just want a reputable seller and one I can trust to not sell me rubbish discs.
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I buy my discs from newegg and get the Optical Quantum brand,have bought hundreds over the last few years with no failures in burning.I think,therefore i am a hamster.
Thanks johns0. I have been thinking about giving them a try.... I added some to my cart and I'm going to wait and see if there are some other opinions on what might be good to try.
There are tons of disc scan posts online.
Made in Japan Panasonic are the best (lowest errors across many burners), verbatim in usa very good and easier to find.
The 3rd tier brands like those mentioned are crap - good for toss away burns, pray if they even last a few years without unrecoverable errors.
Cheap = good for game backups.
Top tier = good for important data backups.
I also use Optical Quantum and have been having very good luck with them, and good read rates on 2 year old discs.
Thanks for the input gang.... anyone tried the M-Discs yet? I'm curious to try them. I collect sports broadcasts and like to keep them on discs. I think I'm going to buy a set, and do a real-world and a scientific setup to see how long they last.... plus a "torture test." I think many of us want the longevity and reliability they promise.
Thankfully, others have actually tested and abused M-Discs - exclusive, but the technology works.
Just keep in mind, in 100 years, the discs might be around (like 12" floppy discs), but there might be no way to easily access and read them (just like you'd have to find an old working computer that still has a working 12" floppy drive, then figure out a way to get the data out).
Otherwise, made in Japan Panasonic Archival discs.
(Top grade bluray discs and similar are being used commercially as Archival Disc media. https://panasonic.net/cns/archiver/)
So it's about 25 years in cold storage for bluray (halving manufacturer's ratings) vs maybe 50 for m-disc (realistically, it's not lasting 1000 years. Let's say double bluray at most since its technology has never been in existence that long or in any other similar form to derive longevity from.)
1 copy to m-disc, another to bluray if you want to test it over 50 years.
Else, by based on budget. M-disc if you have the money, bluray if not.
(Not bluray, which already has long life using inorganic dye layer, but for cd/dvd there are longer life versions such as the mitsui hold discs. http://www.mam-a-store.com/golddvd.html)
High temperatures, humidity and light exposure are the 3 main killers of discs.
thus, keep discs in an air tight container - maybe add a dessicant - stored away from light, in a cool/cold area all the time.
I get mine through Amazon. I get Verbatim for BD-25 and BD-50 discs. I can't say I have ever gotten a coaster (I use a 2x write speed). I rarely even use BD-50 discs anymore except for my favorites as I'm finding BD-25 with the audio compressed to AC3 5.1 is good enough. I buy Amazon Basics for DVD-9 and DVD-5 discs cause they're cheap and I don't care much when it comes to DVD media.