Are there certain CDR/CDRW/DVDR/DVDRW discs to that do the best w/ macs?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by amycishere, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. amycishere macrumors 6502

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    Just wondered. I'm about to buy new ones for my macbook that is coming by fed ex soon.
     
  2. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    Not that I'm aware of. I've used a number of various brands and stuff and I've never had an issue. As long as the discs you buy are supported by your burner (which should support DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RW, and DVD+R DL, I think) and you should be fine.
     
  3. rmapple macrumors newbie

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    www.nomorecoasters.com

    It DOES matter what discs you use! www.nomorecoasters.com will give you a list with brands and their quality. Hope this helps :)
     
  4. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    The quality of the disc refers to its archival quality (how long before it experiences bit rot), not to how well a Mac will burn onto it.
     
  5. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    I'd say "no and yes". As far as being Mac specific, no, it doesn't make any difference--the hardware is the same. The MacOS does have slightly better support for -R discs as opposed to +R, since Apple was heavily in the -R camp early on, but they both work fine now.

    That said, the quality of the discs does make quite a bit of difference in terms of how long the discs last and how many coasters you get. After way too much reading on sites like the one linked above, I eventually went with Verbatim and Taiyo Yuden. Other brands work, but those seem to be consistently good and I've thus far never gotten a coaster or had one conk out on me after storage.

    Verbatim actually makes a line of "Medical" DVD-R (or used to) that were cherry-picked for extra quality, but they're quite spendy.

    What I've always been bummed about was Kodak Gold CD-Rs--those used to be head and shoulders above every other brand of CD-R, so of course they stopped making them after a while.
     

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