Tag Archives: optical disc

Review, Tested: Verbatim Lifetime Archival (Millenniata/M-Disc) 4x BD-R 25Gb

Consumer grade optical storage has always been a bit of a gamble when it comes to reliability, especially when it comes to cheap commodity media and your ‘average’ drive compatibility, resulting in burns with uncertain lifetime if care isn’t taken … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Fellowes Neato 2000 CD Labeler Kit

It’s the year 2000 and CD recording at home is a new development. Discs are expensive, and individually wrapped in retail packaging. These discs will have branding all over their faces and inserts. Printable discs didn’t really exist yet in … Continue reading

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Mega Tech Flashback: Writable Optical Discs: MO, PD, DVD-RAM

[As it turns out, this is one of those posts I’ve always meant to do but never got around to it. It’s been sitting in my drafts box since March 2013, and I’m glad that I have now actually finished … Continue reading

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Warning: Don’t store Blu-ray discs in Sleeves & Heat Gun Revival Technique

Towards the end of last year, I posted a warning about not stacking Blu-ray blanks in sleeves, after being devastated at losing a good number of “fresh” blank TDK BD-R DL discs I paid a good amount for. It seemed … Continue reading

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Warning: Don’t Stack Blank BD-R DL Discs in Sleeves!

Normally, I do posts reviewing products, random thoughts or experimenting with things. But this time, this is probably one of my first cautionary articles based on what just happened to me. The Story On 25th December 2013, about a year … Continue reading

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Review: Pioneer BDR-209DBK 16x SATA Internal Blu-ray Writer

A while back, I decided to build myself a new rig on the account of many random failures. Being one of the few that insist on retaining an optical media drive, I couldn’t resist picking myself up a new Blu-ray burner. … Continue reading

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Review: Panasonic/Matsushita UJ240 6x Slim SATA Blu-ray Writer

While most people have given up on optical media (and I don’t blame them), as an early adopter of Blu-ray, I continue to stay the course somewhat. Part of that involves getting compatible drives for my gear. I recently purchased … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Retail Blank Recordable Disc Collection (Part 3)

This is the third part of my blank recordable disc art collection. The collection is really in no particular order, but this part focuses on “off brand” or store brand discs which were available in variety stores and supermarkets in … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Retail Blank Recordable Disc Collection (Part 2)

Welcome to the second part of my recordable blank disc box art archive. The effort needed to actually scan and (sometimes terribly) process the images is actually quite extensive, but I hope to at least have as much of these … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Retail Blank Recordable Disc Collection (Part 1)

I suppose it could be foreseeable, given my earlier post about spring cleaning and disposing of optical discs, that I take a step back and remember the (now formally extinct) habit of purchasing optical discs in retail jewel cases, complete … Continue reading

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Recordable Blu-Ray Disc Longevity – Periodic Survey Part 3

Introduction I suppose it’s pretty clear that optical discs are no longer the favoured medium of choice for many applications now, however, there still remains a sizable community that use Blu-Ray recordable discs as a form of storage. This may … Continue reading

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Quick Test: E-Blue Professional Printable 6x 25Gb BD-R (UMEBDR-016)

E-Blue is not one of those companies which many would hear about unless they lived in Hong Kong. I’ve only ever seen their brand in Hong Kong, but in general, their reputation has always been that of a media rebadger … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Verbatim 4x LTH BD-R (VERBAT-IMv)

In my (lazy) quest to seek out some different Blu-Ray media, I ordered some of these straight from Japan. After one taste of LTH with the Taiyo Yuden (That’s) discs, I needed another comparison. The choice of LTH media on … Continue reading

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A More Detailed Study of Blu-Ray Scanning

I had examined Blu-Ray scanning across drives before – but only in a cursory manner. I had also looked at my old Blu-Ray discs scanned at 8x and then 4x. Ultimately, it was seen that scanning in the iHBS312 generally … Continue reading

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That’s (Taiyo Yuden) LTH BD-R 25Gb 1-6x

There are two types of Blu-Ray blank discs – the regular sort that often doesn’t get much thought, now termed HTL, and a newer variant known as LTH (short for Low-to-High). Around the time when I bought my LG GGW-H20L, … Continue reading

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Tested: Mr Data 6x BD-R CMCMAG-BA5

Another visit to ARC Computers this morning and I saw a spindle of BD-Rs on the shelf and decided to give them a try. While their website lists their BD-Rs as Generic/Ritek, I would never buy the Riteks, but these … Continue reading

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Blu-Ray Scanning Across Drives, testing PRODIS-CR0 BD-R blanks

One thing I often ask myself, and see asked, is the repeatability and accuracy of quality scans made on consumer drives. I think it has been concluded that the accuracy and repeatability can be quite limited depending on the disc … Continue reading

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Recordable Blu-Ray Disc Longevity – Periodic Survey Part 2

M. Elea (thanks for reading, and commenting) commented on my last post – Why did you do the quality scans with 8x speed and not with 4x? I did reply on that comment, but the gist was that 4x is … Continue reading

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Addendum: LG GGW-H20L DL Performance Oddity

It looks like my scans of the MEI disc using the LG may have incorrectly shown a repeatable error when the disc itself is NOT defective. When I looked at the result, I scratched my head and decided to throw … Continue reading

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Recordable Blu-Ray Disc Longevity – Periodic Survey

A while back, I posted a thread on CDFreaks (now known as myCE) about my Ritek BD-R’s which had completely lost data. That thread received in excess of 20,000 views and drew along a few skeptics – those who had … Continue reading

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Milleniata M-Disc on non M-Disc burners?

A little while back, I wrote this post about the M-Disc – a curious innovation that claims to be the new standard for permanent digital archival. In that post, physical disc quality and burn quality using an LG M-Disc ready … Continue reading

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An Obiturary: LiteOn SOHW-1633S, and LH-18A1P

LiteOn SOHW-1633S (2004-2012) and LH-18A1P (2005-2012) While doing testing for the Milleniata post, I discovered that my two trusty quality test workhorses were dead. The SOHW-1633s suffered some (likely) combo chip failure and was unable to control its tray, or … Continue reading

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Optical Discs, and Milleniata DVD+R Discs

In a world where ultra-thin laptops and tablets (all of which have no optical disc drives) are beginning to supplant the desktop, in a tentatively named ‘post PC era’, the optical disc is beginning to lose its relevance. Its limited … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Mitsumi CR-4804TE

I guess one of my most memorable moments with optical discs was when I got access to my first CD burner. Back then, having the convenience to encode plastic platters with 650Mb of data (later, 700Mb, and then later, even … Continue reading

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