Which DVD-R's are compatible with superdrive?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by ryan6079, Oct 13, 2003.

  1. ryan6079 macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2003
    I just got a new 15" Powerbook, and I'm trying to find out what kind of DVD-R's are most reliable for the money to use with it for:

    a) just backing up data
    b) making dvd's to play on stand-alone dvd players.

    I got a pack of 4x Memorex dvd-r's and the drive just spins them for about 5 secs then spits it back out so I was hoping to get some advice before I waist a lot of time buying/returning...Apple DVD-R's are a bit pricey so I was hoping that someone has had success with a cheaper brand just for data backup.

  2. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    For brands, I've used Apple, TDK and Fuji with good results. I've used Memorex with bad results.
  3. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    I used the TDK "for authoring" for a while, they work in most players for video and have a very high success rate, but they are expensive.

    lately I've found a company called Imation, www.imation.com whose data DVD's are cheap and reliable, but which also seem to work really well for DVD-v discs.

    They play in my PS2 and in the Superdrive on my PowerBook, and other people have no problem in players that can read DVD-r discs, older players that can't read DVD-r can't generally read any, even the TDKs.
  4. freddy11 macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2003
    Twin Cities, Minnesota
    WinterMute is right on the money with the recommendation to use imation media. The company was spun off from 3M in 1996. 3M was and imation is one of the world leaders in removable storage.
  5. FuzzyBallz macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2003
    Home of Al-Qaida
    FYI, Apple 4x DVD-R are made by Memorex. Hmmm....

    TDK and Fuji DVD media are made by Ricoh. Good stuff.
  6. t^3 macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2001
    I bought some Memorex 2x DVD-RW discs and they worked fine on my 15" AlBook. I was even able to burn a movie and play it on my Sony DVD player.
  7. ryan6079 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2003
    Thanks for the suggestions. Since posting my question I have also found out about the distinction between DVD+R and DVD-R, which I did not know of earlier. I had a pack of +R's, and apparently I did not see anywhere in my documentation that Apple uses -R's only.

    Thanks again,

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