16x disc in an 8x burner

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Drizzt, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. Drizzt macrumors member

    Drizzt

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    Just to check, is it all right to burn a 16x DVD-R on an 8x DVD±R DL SuperDrive? Are there any compatibility issues? I have the Rev. A Intel Mac Mini with the aforementioned SuperDrive.
     
  2. Mord macrumors G4

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    should do yeah, the speed rating just equates to the ease at which a laser can turn a 1 to a 0, when burnt at 8x the disk is just more reliable, it'll work perfectly fine, but tbh 8x disks are cheaper, do you just have a stack that needs useing or are you in the market?
     
  3. Drizzt thread starter macrumors member

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    i'm looking to but a 50-pack spindle from B+H soon. I think I'll buy the cheapest ones. Does the brand name really*matter?

    Thanks a lot for your help.
     
  4. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Not really. Every brand just looks for someone to make the cheapest disc that is reliable and they stick their name ontop of it.
     
  5. FragTek macrumors 6502

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    I've used numerous no name brand CD's and DVD's. All of which seem to work the same. I have yet to find one brand that's more unreliable than another.
     
  6. solvs macrumors 603

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    Not true. I've had some crap one. GQ from Fry's comes to mind. Macs seem to be pickier about them too, although I had a laptop (Dell from work, ugh) that would barely write to anything. Might be more about those thinner drives used by laptops, iMacs, minis, etc. B&H have an 8x 50 pack of Verbatim for $20. Should work fine. Newegg and Buy.com have some cheaper ones that might work too. Memorex, Imation, and Ridata are ok from what I can tell.
     
  7. eRondeau macrumors 6502a

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    Or maybe not...

    I have a Lacie External Firewire 8x DVD burner that has always worked just fine. When I bought it I bought a whole load of TDK 8x DVD-R's and CD-R's at Costco and I've only now depleted them. So I just bought two spindles of 50 DVD-R's -- one 16x Memorex and one 16x Maxell. And guess what, neither one of them would work at all! I kept getting "Communication Error" messages, from Toast 7, Toast 6, and even Apple's Disk Utility. Lacie suggested I update my burner's firmware, which I did, and now the Memorex will burn okay -- but still not the Maxell. So I'm returning the Maxell spindle.

    Interestingly, Lacie only "officially" supports three brands -- TDK, Sony, and Verbatim. They could not guarantee any others would work.
     
  8. killr_b macrumors 6502a

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    Funny, those are the only brands I use...
    I got a Sony 50 pack of 16x from Best Buy for $14. You just gotta watch for the sale!
     
  9. REDSRT4 macrumors regular

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    i try to use name brand just cause they are so cheap now, but never had a problem with generics either.
     

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