Of the brands I see on Newegg.com, I only have experience with Imation,
Ritek and Verbatim. My highest rate of failure has actually been with
Verbatim, while Imation has always been decent. I believe Ritek is often
relabelled and sold under other names, so a lot of ‘noname’ discs may
actually be Ritek. They’re decent, anyway.
I’ve also had vast amounts of Memorex DVDs for free, which seemed
overall quite decent. I have no idea if this was a cheaper brand, though.
160 DVDs for free is something I don’t turn down, and I don’t ask about
the value then :)
For DVDs, I use Taiyo Yuden. Not all brands actually manufacture their own DVDs and they can vary from batch to batch. Here is a good site for you to look through VideoHelp.com. There are programs that help identify who manufactures your discs- DVDIdentifier or DVD Media Inspector (at the top of the page in the link mentioned).
Ain’t that the truth. My Rite-On burner hates TDK, and has zero problems with Fuji and Memorex. My Sony burner has no problem burning those same TDK’s, but doesn’t do well with no-name brand media. It’s finicky hardware.
Most important, for longevity Taiyo Yuden and Verbatim DataLifePlus have been rated highest. When buying Verbatim you want the “Metal AZO” version. (DataLifePlus) If not, it is a lower class of Verbatim product.
Also, fake Taiyo Yuden product has supposedly innundated the marketplace, so only purchase from respected, well-known companies.
Both, I believe. Let me see if I can find the website article…
<edit> found this, but it isn’t the article I’m referring to. In the article I read someone did an extensive investigation of the media they purchased, and with the help of others determined that it was knock-off of TY, coded as such. The only way to tell the difference (other than the burn quality) was that the placement of the identifier numbers near the hub was a milimeter off those pressed on actual TY discs.