Good Quality DVD-R?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by vinay427, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. vinay427 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2008
    Hi! I have been using TDK DVD-R disks over the last few years, and recently they stopped working in my Aluminum 20" iMac. I found some random disk from Moserbaer (Indian company) that work fine and my super high end Sony DVD-RW work great. From these forums, I learned about the cheap drives Apple uses. When I insert a TDK, it makes weird noises as if its trying to read it then spits it out after about 15 seconds. Can someone tell me what are the cheapest decent quality discs that will work with my iMac? Thanks in advance!
  2. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    I've always have used Memorex. I don't think I've ever created a "toaster" other than it being my fault.
  3. MacAndy74 macrumors 65816

    Mar 19, 2009
  4. djrobsd macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    You might want to hop over to cdrfreaks, they are a great site, people are very evangelical on there about the taiyo yuden discs, so that might be the way for you to go.
  5. lostime macrumors regular

    May 19, 2009
    i've always used Sony -R's, haven't had a "coaster" yet.
  6. djc6 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    +1 Taiyo Yuden. I've burned several thousand of them in a DVD duplicator at work, and I can't recall any coasters. I buy them here:

    We do old school distance learning - record the classes and mail out the DVDs :) Too many people bitched about broadband as a pre-requisite. The discs have been mailed out to hundreds of people, no compatibility issues with the variety of hardware they're being viewed on.
  7. Salmar macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2007
    If I am not mistaken Imation disks are made by taiyo yuden. I am pretty sure I read that somewhere and they are made in Taiwan.
  8. hoonu macrumors regular

    Sep 2, 2008
    Orange County, CA
    Ritek baby. Best bang for the buck. You can get better quality depending on the cost per cd. Take a look at I use to buy all my media there when I use to burn a lot of stuff back in the day. They sell trial packs that consists of multiple media types to see which one you prefer.
  9. macindork macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2008
  10. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Sydney, Australia.
    I used to use Taiyo Yuden DVD-R without any problems, but I have just started using TDK DVD-R, because they are two thirds of the price. No problems either in the 80 or so discs burnt to date.
  11. bigbird macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2007

    Taiyo Yuden all the way. I do DVD authoring professionally and have never had a complaint.
  12. odej98 macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2009
    I have always hear TY was the way to go. . . . . then i tried them. They are awesome if they stay with a computer, but using them to play in standalone dvd players etc, was a waste. Sorry to the TY fans out there -1 for compatibility.
    Verbatim+1 for a good all around affordable media.

    Edit: my cake box of TY is about 2 years old and not consumed yet (not in forseeable future either) would be a good candidate of my local freecycle group.
    I will give TY the benefit of the doubt as saying things have progressed since then, but I am more or less committed to Verbatim now as my preferred choice.
  13. sngx1275 macrumors regular


    Jan 27, 2009
    I've been burning Sony 8x or Sony 16x DVD-R for as long as each was available, burned them in many many different burners too, never had a problem. They are cheap (less than $25 for 100 pretty often at Staples) and don't have some stupid ass design/logo on them, they are very plain and look good.
  14. vinay427 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2008
    Well thanks for all the replies guys! If what the poster said about Imation being made by TY then that's sort of good for me because I have a lot of Imation CD's, but unfortunately not DVD's. I have tried Sony (got a few expensive DVD RW's) and they worked great, even after being rewritten several times. TDK is the one I have a problem with. I'll have to check out Ritek. Thanks again for all the help!
  15. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    I'm going through a pack of TDK's right now and a few have had some problems on my PC... :(

    I'm wondering which brand is the best as well...
  16. zmttoxics macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2008
    Sony, Phillips, and Memorex have all been good to me. Basically, you do well not to get the cheapest on the shelf.

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