View Full Version : Archival life of DVD-R blank media
04-13-2006, 03:32 PM
These days, I'm backing up a lot of precious data (school projects, photos, movies, music, etc.). I'm using Taiyo Yuden media for its archival quality. My question is, does it really make the recorded data more stable if I burn at slower speeds? My system can record at x16, but I burn at x8 hoping that it will improve write itegrity. I'm willing to go even slower. I really don't mind spending more time if it'll make a difference. And it'll allow me to buy slower-rated(cheaper) blank media as well.
04-13-2006, 05:28 PM
No. From what I've heard, the life of a DVD-R is based on the dye breaking down. I can't think of a reason that burning slower would slow this process. I avoid cheap media.
04-13-2006, 06:04 PM
... the life of a DVD-R is based on the dye breaking down. I can't think of a reason that burning slower would slow this process.
I agree. The only reason I bring this up is because I've heard it said so many times. Maybe it's only as helpful as flapping a polaroid photo to make it develop faster. Any other thoughts?
04-13-2006, 07:46 PM
I have no idea but it kinda works in theory. A fast drawn pit may look like this > where a slower pit looks like this ) and and even slower pit might look like ] the better pit might preserve it's integrity. I haven't had many recordable disks fail on me so who knows.
04-13-2006, 07:55 PM
I've had many DVD-Rs fail. They were burned back in 2001 on 2x media which was obviously not of good quality. I would think that media that is rated for slower speeds would probably be less reactive since it needs more expossure and thus probably would retain its state a little longer, but I dunno if it relates to the organics breaking down.
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