TDK (DVD±R)

Because I have so many TDK discs, I’ve had to split it up. This post looks at the recordable discs of both plus and minus formats.

TDK 2x DVD-R

I only have the rear inlay for this particular disc, but it serves to illustrate older TDK media packaging. This claims the discs were made in Japan, so I expect it to be of high quality.

TDK 4x DVD-R

For the higher speed 4x product, I have the front and rear inlays. Notice the prominent warning in yellow at the front informing users that this is for 4x DVD-R recorders, as there were still single format recorders that only supported only plus or minus formats, and there were compatibility issues with older recorders running older firmware.

TDK 4x DVD+R

This was purchased in bulk spindle form, but this was another good buy. As it turns out, this was a RICOHJPN-R01-02 disc, commonly overspeedable to 8x and also the first media that I overburned (4585Mb achieved on a BenQ DW1640 with SolidBurn turned off).

TDK 8x DVD+R

As it turns out, twice lucky because the 8x TDK discs are RICOHJPN-R02-03.

TDK 16x DVD+R

A more modern spindle-sold disc, this one is a 16x disc of their own manufacture. This one appears to have some dye spatter on the bottom. The MID is TDK-003-00.

TDK 2.4x DVD+R DL

This was my first foray into dual-layered media, and it was slightly disappointing. This particular disc is a RICOHJPN-D00-01, which while of reputable manufacture, was poor in write compatibility resulting in at least two wasted discs as I realized one of my day-to-day burners just couldn’t cope with it.

TDK 8x DVD+R DL

The outer packaging has only received minor subtle changes in this more recent 8x rated disc, gaining the “Life on Record” slogan. The top of the disc has become a much plainer affair, similar to their spindled media. The MID is RITEK-S04-66 – possibly higher compatibility but still second to quality media from Verbatim.