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What blank cds to buy

by nglawrence / February 16, 2004 9:04 AM PST

I just got my first cd writer. I got a Dell laptop with a 24X/8X CDRW/DVD COMBO Drive. I do not know what blank cds to buy. There are so many. I will be writting some data to back up files & pictures & some music. I'd appreciate some help from someone who knows what to buy. Thanks.

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Re:What blank cds to buy
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 16, 2004 9:18 AM PST
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ng,

Just my opinion here. Watch for sales on ALL types of CD media and you can frequently find good ones for free after rebates and discounts. For music CD's, I use CD-R media and almost anything will do that is acceptable by the burner. (Make sure to read the manual for your CD-RW drive as it frequently will give you the "preferred" disks.) For important backups, I use the better quality disks. For CD-RW disks, I personally like Sony disks as they seem to last longer when doing frequently "rewriting".

For a current review and some good reading, here is a link to:

CD-R Media-Testing For Quality (Cnet Review)
http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-3185_7-5020710-1.html

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Re:Re:What blank cds to buy
by nglawrence / February 16, 2004 9:36 AM PST

Thanks Grif. I looked for an article on cds, but couldn't find it. Your advice gives me some background when I go to the store. Norma

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(NT) Norma, Glad It Helped !
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 16, 2004 12:22 PM PST

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Re:What blank cds to buy
by frankzxcv / February 16, 2004 2:03 PM PST
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keep your eyes open when you walk into microcenter or compusa, there are usually tables where cheap CD's are on sale-- a lot of times there is a rebate to file, but I usually pay 10- 20 cents each or less for CD's. take note of their write speed. I have never had a problem, even with off brands. --fj

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'Quality vs CD-R Compatibility'
by Cursorcowboy / February 16, 2004 8:13 PM PST
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Re:What blank cds to buy
by Charlie / February 20, 2004 6:26 PM PST
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I generally purchase low-cost CD Media for most of my general-purpose music/data storage needs. Unless you are copying files that are absolutely irreplaceable, I can't justify the high cost of "name-brands" (most of which are probably generic disks with fancy packaging and labels anyway!). I have never paid more than ten bucks for a 100-pack spindle, and I have never yet had a disk failure (knock on wood) in over 1000 successful burns.

Look for sales and rebates - I often get 100-pack spindle for free, and stock up on them. Staples is a great resource for some good buys on CD's.

I have found that just because your CD-RW Drive will support copying at 52X, you will achieve much better results by copying at a slower speeds (8X to 24X). The more important the data, the slower I record the disk. Take your time - faster speeds mean an increased possibility of write errors, regardless of the cost of the CD's. You will get better results by burning cheap CD's at a slow speed than you will get by burning expensive CD's at fast speeds.

Don't get sucked-in by the advertising hype. More expensive is not always better. Buy 'em cheap, burn 'em slow, and everyone will be happy (except the manufacturers of those over-priced CD's)!

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Re:Re:What blank cds to buy
by gearup / February 21, 2004 4:31 AM PST

Tint is a better criteria than cost. If the recording surface is blue,pink,gold or rainbow I have found that the cd you burn may not be usable on another computer. So
have found that sticking to CD-R which have a "silver" sheen is the best bet for me.
Good luck with whatever you use!

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:What blank cds to NOT buy!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 21, 2004 6:31 AM PST
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Re::What blank cds to NOT buy!
by Quaint Data / February 26, 2004 11:41 AM PST

are true, I have seen those cd's on sale as a gimmick, it's just a cover shouldn't have effected the actual burning side of the cd. But hey thanks for the tip cheers Merete

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Re::What blank cds to NOT buy!
by Quaint Data / February 26, 2004 11:42 AM PST

Oh did you know that your car cd player will not play mp3 unless you have one that supports this?? Just a thought.

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Re:What blank cds to buy
by pluto45 / February 24, 2004 10:05 AM PST
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My experience with "Memeorex" has not been a good one,
I've had to throw out a number of them,so naturally I wouldn't suggest them. However, Sony, Fuji, Comp USA are a good place to start. For pictures
and data I'd definately buy a better brand. Good luck
pluto45

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FUJIFILM
by Jay M / February 25, 2004 9:34 PM PST

I can second that recommendation for Fujifilm CDr. I have used many of them and they play everywhere. For me, the trick is to use a slower write speed (4x-8x)--it takes a little longer to make the disc, but it's well worth it.

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