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Watch out for dodgy media.....

Discussion in 'Software' started by Avocado505, Apr 18, 2005.

  1. Avocado505

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    :eggface I was recently a bit dumb & wasted considerable time re-installing bits of my system unnecessarily due to a problem caused by dodgy media. Silly me. :oops: It went something like this...
    I always tend to buy blank CD-R s from the PC fair as 9 pence a disc is a nice price :) & whilst I am aware that bad batches of media exist (anywhere) I've never had any real problems (ie maybe the odd single disc duff but not a whole batch).
    I recently made significant software configuration changes coincidentally at the same time as moving over to the new media for data backups, & when I started having some real trouble burning CD s (which I NEVER had before) it never occurred to me that the whole batch of media could be bad (duuh lol) & so I started investigating software / OS as cause...as I had recently installed MS dot net framework and also CIV 3. The dot.net framework solved my damaged windows installer error (created by a bad exit from fritz8 champion edition chess some time prior to this), but then because I had been making all these changes I just kept missing the obvious which was that the blank media was badly faulty !!
    Consequently I wasted 2 days uninstalling & reinstalling software, carefully cleaning registries etc. reinstalling NERO & so on before I realised it was the damn media! Just to show how you can get barking up the wrong tree soooo easily sometimes. :oops: Nero usually recognises bad media but because the media was SO bad it was just creating write/verify errors etc. (looked like software probs). So there's my story of misguided problem solving caused by v dodgy media.
     
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  2. Phoenix
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    and the moral of the story is..
    always buy quality branded media from reputable sourced :)

    I recommend Imation, Infiniti, TDK, etc..

    Thanks for sharing your probs with us mate, good for people to take notice :)
     
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  3. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    Agree with Phoenix been there done that with cheap media. I used to go for the cheapest unbranded crap that money could buy and like yourself never really had a problem burning things to the disc's the problem always is after you burn an image as with cheap disc's if you breath on them or even look at the disc the wrong way then they tend to stop working :x . I've learnt my lesson and now buy disc's with a protective coating. At the end of the day CD's and now DVD's are so cheap to buy you can get 100 quality CD's for £10 from Ebuyer or Amazon and 50 DVD's for £10 again from the same places. I tend to go for Imation & Infiniti for my CD's and orange samurai infiniti for my DVD's. My porn collection wouldn't be the same without them :blink
     
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  4. Phoenix
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    u could just get a 2TB Raid array, then your porn collection would be live and available to the masses via SFTP
    lol
     
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  5. NightWalker

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    I am using Maxell media at the moment, and its good quality stuff. Far better than the dodgy Memorex stuff I used to buy. The name on the outside of the box is not always the same company that manufacture the disk. A few links you may find useful, a list of media brands/id in order of quality http://www.digitalfaq.com/media/dvdmedia.htm
    A free tool to read the disk info that contains the actual manufacturer, burn speed etc. Nero Info Tool http://www.cdspeed2000.com/go.php3?link=download.html
     
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  6. michael78

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    Whoa that would be cool my own live porn theatre. memo to self need to buy a 2TB Raid array...:biggrin
     
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    I tend to buy Ritek or Datasafe DVDr/CDr discs from a UK based DVDr web retailer. I pay about 9 quid for 100 Cdrs and 10 quid for 50 DVDrs. I've never had a problems with this unbranded media! A few dodgy discs now and a again but that is all really!

    I used to pay 5 quid for 10 Imation CDrs last year...I must of been nuts??
     
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  8. michael78

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    drum_dude what is the website that you use. Ebuyer don't have any of the DVD's that I used to buy in stock anymore...:x
     
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  9. Phoenix
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    overclockers.co.uk sell those brand of DVD i believe
    as well as infiniti and imation ones
    i think :d
     
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  10. drum_dude

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    slypie,

    I use http://www.ukdvdr.co.uk

    They are good, and delivery is next day as they charge a fiver for it! So it's best to order a batch of stuff...I've been using them for a year now, very pleased too!

    Cheers

    Sacha
     
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  11. SimonV

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    Use that site myself, never had anything to complain about. :biggrin
     
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  12. noelg24

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    well before I moved back to Newcastle there was a PC shop in Aberdeen that sold CD-Rs for real cheap prices and they are very good quality, in fact they were made by Datawrite the same manufacturer that do DVD blank discs...I got 25 of each for about £5 a pop...and I thought that was a real bargain...shame I moved away tho otherwise I would be getting my lot from them all the time...by the way Phoenix if I had a 2TB storage there would be no need for blank CDs and DVDs thats for sure...but thats just a distant dream for little old me...
     
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  13. Phoenix
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    this is true
    i hardly ever use CDRs and DVDRs, unless im burning something for someone else :) so i still maintain a roll of 100 CDs and 50DVDs

    ofcourse i also have the added downside of a HP Ultrium tape drive and the associated media cost (a 200GB tape cost about 80 quid when i bought them, i have 5)
     
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  14. Avocado505

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    :cheers Thanks for the feedback & the links guys...I used to advocate these cheapo discs but I've learnt my lesson now. Ho Ho :tune
     
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