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Question about DVD RW disks

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by tjmartin, Jan 20, 2011.

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  1. tjmartin

    tjmartin Thread Starter

    Apr 20, 2009
    Hello all

    I couldn't quite figure out what group to place this post. Anyways, just a question for all you computer/tech savvy people out there. Can anyone recommend a good brand of DVD RW disks to back stuff up on?

    I only have a 120GB HD at the moment so I have been using Paragon software with DVD RW disks to back up my hard drive with. For the last year I have been using Maxell DVDRW's to do my backups with and have gone thru quite a few, due to disks going bad.

    Am looking for a better brand of DVD RW's, so any help would be greatly appreciated

  2. 1002richards

    1002richards Retired Trusted Advisor

    Jan 29, 2006
    Why not buy an external hard drive that plugs in like a USB stick (flash drive)? Much more reliable than DVD RWs. In the UK you can buy a 500gb one for about £50 ($75 or so). I think others in the USA have posted cheaper but good quality ones here before.

  3. paisanol69


    Sep 7, 2005
    ...IMO, if you have already gone thru so many DVD RW's, then to me, it would seem logical that in the long run, it will be cheaper to purchase an external HD.

    Additionally, there has been much information posted on the web, regarding the unreliability of CD/DVD media, with regards to how long the saved media will actually remain usable.(y)

    Personally, if I was going to go through the trouble of backing up my data frequently, then I would want to be sure that when I needed a backup, it would actually function as it should.
  4. pyritechips

    pyritechips Gone but Never Forgotten

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    I think this would best be served in the multimedia forum so I will move it over there.
  5. stantley


    May 22, 2005
    I agree with 1002richards and paisanol69 that you should get an external hard drive to use for backups. They're easier, faster and cheaper to use than DVD's.

    But if you want to use DVD's as an additional backup use DVD-R's instead of RW's, they last longer. And to answer your original question get Verbatim discs.

    Here's some good information on the quality of DVD media: http://www.digitalfaq.com/reviews/dvd-media.htm
  6. calvin-c

    calvin-c Banned

    May 17, 2006
    As for reliability of the DVD's I have multiple PC's on which I burn DVD's and each one 'prefers' a different brand-so I don't think that any brand is really better than another, except with a specific PC. And to determine that you'd need to just try different brands.

    I'm curious about how they 'went bad' though. I've had DVD's that will consistently fail on one PC but, being RW's I could erase them & use them successfully on a different one, indicating that the DVD didn't 'go bad' it simply became incompatible with that PC. (Which probably means that it did deteriorate some which I guess could be considered as going bad. Certainly it 'went bad' as far as the now-incompatible PC was concerned.)
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