Gold DVD Question

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RogerRex Veteran Member • Posts: 3,293
Gold DVD Question

I have been told that gold dvd's are the best back-up in terms of longevity and reliability for saving important images. However, there are myriad brands, including names I am not familiar with and I have not been able to locate an extensive review of gold dvd's. Any recommendation or advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Note: I did a search here and only very old threads were identified.

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pluton Senior Member • Posts: 2,949
Re: Gold DVD Question

Recently I was searching info on BD-R discs, and came across a site where the writer, who "sounded" authoritative, claimed that there was no point using gold DVDR's because while the gold may physically deteriorate more slowly, the gold also introduces or causes more errors during writing, thereby canceling out any claimed archival advantage to the gold. If this is true, then a good brand of DVD-R or DVD+r will be fine, sans gold. Almost universally agreed as "good brands": Verbatim(Mitsubishi Chemical Co--MCC), JVC/Taiyo Yuden(Yuden).

Personally, I've switched to BDR's, now that the discs can be gotten for under US$3 each.
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OP RogerRex Veteran Member • Posts: 3,293
Pluton - thanks

Thanks for info. You're the second person who has specifically mentioned Verbatim (on another forum). Apparently writing errors are not uncommon (per reviews at Amazon) but have placed order and vowed to also back-up on external hard drive.
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owenleve Senior Member • Posts: 2,761
Re: Pluton - thanks

I've had gold dvd's fail. Stored properly, never used... Data was checked after burning and stored for a few years. DVD's are unreliable for long term storage(even short term)....

Brad99 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,145
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I thought BDRs were unreliable.

mjp m New Member • Posts: 10
Re: Gold DVD Question

The best DVDs for archiving purposes are DVD-RAMs.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvd-ram

kaizr Forum Member • Posts: 89
Re: Gold DVD Question

Japanese discs are normally considered the most reliable as they use a unique higher quality dye than most cheaper discs.

Made In Japan discs are normally manufactured at the same factory by Taiyo Yuden who make discs for JVC's that can be picked up in regular stores (although you need to make sure they are Japan made as some JVC's aren't).

I picked up 100 factory unbranded (Taiyo Yuden, code T03) 16x DVD+R printable discs online for £18 a while back. Bargain.

MrScary Veteran Member • Posts: 6,358
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I switched to HDD 1GB & 2GB HDD instead.

I find that storeing RAw and JPG files on DVD are ok, but my Tiff files take hours to show the thumbnails and I got two Desktops and a laptop and it's the same on all three. In fact, opening showing very large Tiff thumbnails take ages on any PC I've tried it on. So HDD for me.
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pluton Senior Member • Posts: 2,949
Re: Gold DVD Question

Brad99 wrote:

I thought BDRs were unreliable.

Yeah, I'll let you know in a few years when I throw them all out because I've never needed them and some new, supposedly archival storage medium has come along. I've only been storing photos on HDDs and optical discs for 4 years at this point, and the 3+ year old DVDR's I have still replay when I check them...but, the photo files have also been moved 3 times to bigger/faster HDDs in the same time period. Optical storage will probably end up being pointless.
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Robert Hoy Senior Member • Posts: 1,572
internet and reliable info...

pluton wrote:

Recently I was searching info on BD-R discs, and came across a site where the writer, who "sounded" authoritative,

Be wary of information you find in the internet, because it may not be accurate and could just be one person's beliefs. Blogs are not news articles, and are often a person's thoughts.
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Robert Hoy Senior Member • Posts: 1,572
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MrScary wrote:

I switched to HDD 1GB & 2GB HDD instead.

Did you mean TB (terabyte)? 1 GB hard drive is pretty small in today's world.

I find that storeing RAw and JPG files on DVD are ok, but my Tiff files take hours to show the thumbnails and I got two Desktops and a laptop and it's the same on all three. In fact, opening showing very large Tiff thumbnails take ages on any PC I've tried it on. So HDD for me.

I find loading thumbnails of TIFF files even from a hard drive take a bit too. Solution: store a web sized JPG along with your TIFF (or just highest quality JPG instead of TIFF) so you get thumbnails quick to see what is there.
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