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post #181 of 2989 Old 03-03-2006, 07:46 AM
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>I just got my DVD recorder at Christmas, and have burned about 250. Here's >my experience so far.

Wow. that's quite a few in such a short period of time.
Did you get a standalone DVD recorder ( if so what make and model) or a dvd burner? If you got a burner can you tell me what the media codes are for the MX and TY? Did you scan them for errors, if so how did they check out?

>The first 100 were Maxell 4x -R (MIJ), and I had zero failures.

Where did you get these? And did they say MIJ on the package? The only ones I have seen around town say made in Taiwan on the package? Including the spindle of 50 at Staples for $15... Tomorrow is the last day of their sale. Has anyone bought any, if so what is the media code and how do they check out?


>The next 150 have been TY 4x -R from supermediastore. Had 1 failure from the >first package of 100. Three more to date (two yesterday) from the next pack, of >which I've used about 50.

When you said failure can you describe how they failed? Skipped, froze, wouldn't finalize? And on the inner hub of the discs is there a GG or GD imprinted on them?

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I meant to add that I had a Panasonic DMR-EH50. Don't have a PC burner (yet), so can't scan for errors.

I found the MIJ Maxells at Sears. Someone here had posted that as a good source to still find them, since their turnover of stock is not as high as more popular stores.

The failures occurred during dubbing, when the disk would freeze. I had to hold down the power button to shut the machine off and reset. I visually inspected the bad disks, but couldn't see any obvious flaws.
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Where did you get these? And did they say MIJ on the package? The only ones I have seen around town say made in Taiwan on the package? Including the spindle of 50 at Staples for $15... Tomorrow is the last day of their sale. Has anyone bought any, if so what is the media code and how do they check out?
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I just got a 50pk of the Maxell -R 8x from Staples. The ones left at my store were all Made In Taiwan. I am 1 out of 1 successful burns so far. I don't have a PC drive so I don't know what the media code is.

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Heads up for deals starting on Sunday:
* 50pk HP $15 ($12 with ink recycle) at Staples

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I just got a 50pk of the Maxell -R 8x from Staples. The ones left at my store were all Made In Taiwan. I am 1 out of 1 successful burns so far. I don't have a PC drive so I don't know what the media code is.

We do not have a Staples around but when Office Depot did this same deal the media code was MXL RG03 for the ones I picked up.

I have heard that some DVD-ROMs can read the media code with some of the freebie tools out there but have not tried it. I would not trust a DVD-ROM for any scanning but might work for some ID work.
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Can you imagine the thousands of people that threw out their old ink cartridges that are now kicking themselves? I'm one of them. Good thing I had the 5 that I did for the 50-pack for $2 Playos! Still no failures!
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Can you imagine the thousands of people that threw out their old ink cartridges that are now kicking themselves? I'm one of them. Good thing I had the 5 that I did for the 50-pack for $2 Playos! Still no failures!

I am still 100% on the Playaz DVDs. I am about halfway through the 1st 50pk. I wonder how many of these will play properly 12 months from now :-)

I also noticed that they are back at Staples, but at the list price of $25 or $30. Which means another sale might be coming, perhaps at another holiday weekend?

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Media deals starting Sunday March Madness 5th:

[All deals are for DVD+R/DVD-R unless otherwise indicated]

* Buy 1 Get 2 Free Maxell DVD-RW/+RW for $25 @ Office Depot. I believe these are 15pks although the picture/ad is not very clear. You may want to check their website before going to the store.
* Buy 1 Get 2 Free Office Depot DVD+R/-R for $10. These may be 10pks with jewel casesbut the picture/ad is not very clear. You may want to check their website before going to the store.
* 25pk Nexttech at Circuit for $6
* 100pk Fujis (red R for +, blue/green R for - on the wrapper) @ Best Buy $30
* 100pk TDK $30 @ CompUSA
* 25pk DVD+RW $30 @ CompUSA (no brand is mentioned or pictured; listed in the same box as the TDKs)
* 50pk Office Depot brand $25 (see below on how to make it $12.50)
* 50pk Khyper @ Office Max $14
* 25pk HP 16x @ Office Max $8
* 15pk HP LightScribe 8x @ Office Max $9
* 50pk HP @ Staples $15 ($12 with ink recycle). Great camera deal too: Sony W5 $180 with free (after Easy Rebate) all-in-one printer. While supplies last though. But I digress.
* 50pk 8x DVD+R nameless and brandless @ Frys for $7.50
* Obligatory Memorex "sale" at Best Buy - I know some of you love those :-)

If anyone knows of DVD-RAM sales, please let me know :-)




Also, if you are on Office Depot's mailing list or part of their rewards program check your snail mail, there is a coupon in their mail-in ad this week for 50% off Office Depot branded DVD media.

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Media deals starting Sunday March Madness 5th:

* Obligatory Memorex "sale" at Best Buy - I know some of you love those :-)

Wooo Hooo! Another Forget-it-ex "sale"! What a shock.
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Wooo Hooo! Another Forget-it-ex "sale"! What a shock.

LOL. I have yet to use Forget-it-ex DVDs, so I can't make fun of them just yet :-)

Also this week, 25pk of silver Fujis at Longs for $10.

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Media deals starting Sunday March Madness 5th:

[All deals are for DVD+R/DVD-R unless otherwise indicated]

* Buy 1 Get 2 Free Maxell DVD-RW/+RW for $25 @ Office Depot. I believe these are 15pks although the picture/ad is not very clear. You may want to check their website before going to the store.

I seem to remember from the ad that you can tell that it's a 15 pack. I think you can read a '15' near the upper right of the picture. (Plus the height of the pack seemed pretty clearly it was 15 pack.)

I don't remember what speed these are though. Guess I should swing by before Sat.
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I just stopped at OD based upon this report.
They are Maxell 15-pack, DVD-RW 2x @ $25.
Buy 1, get 2 more free, 45 disks @ $25 - h&ll of a deal if they work!
I got last three cake boxes in my store (San Ramon, CA).

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45 discs for $25??? Anything over 30 cents each for quality media is far, far too much.
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45 discs for $25??? Anything over 30 cents each for quality media is far, far too much.

55c per is not a bad price for Maxell DVD-RW sold in 15-pks. You can knock the price down a bit more if you ask for a price match at other stores - if they carry them. And perhaps combine it with an ink discount.

If you know where to get them for 30c or less, please let me know !!! :-)

The lowest price I ever paid for DVD-RW in a 25pk spindle was 31c per and for that I used a $3 ink discount, and a 110% price match on MSRP! (Thanks to Bill1313). The rest of them were between 40c - 52c per (without ink discount or price match). Since -RW sales are not common, and store selection may vary (making it harder to price match), anything around 50c is good enough for me - until I built up an inventory of reserves :-)

I wish I could get DVD-RAM at 50c. Speakign of which I thought of using the 50% ODP coupon on the ODP-branded double-sided DVD-RAMs but they are discountinued in the stores in my area according to their website. If they are available in other areas (by zipcode), you can get a reasonably good deal on them. (ODP = Office DepoT)

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Oooops! My bad, I didn't see they were RW. Duh! That is a good price then.
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Got 3 of the packs at Office Depot last night. The guy at the checkout even made a surprised noise (I think at the 2 free part) when he scanned them.
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Maxell 15-pack, DVD-RW 2x @ $25. Buy 1, get 2 more free, 45 disks @ $25 - h&ll of a deal if they work!

Office Depot's ad-flyer shows a $5 rebate for an ink or toner cartridge turned in, 1 per customer per day. I didn't know about it when I went in for the DVD-RW special, or it would have been $20 for my 45 disks.

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Media deals starting Sunday March Madness 5th:

* 15pk HP LightScribe 8x @ Office Max $9

FWIW, I picked up a pack of these today for a new drive I have on order. The media code is CMC MAG M01 and actually have a 16x write strategy.
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I see where TDK is getting out of recordable DVD disc manufacturing - prices too low. They are focusing on HD/BD discs. Bummer. I need to load up on TDK blanks while they are still available.

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I see where TDK is getting out of recordable DVD disc manufacturing - prices too low. They are focusing on HD/BD discs. Bummer. I need to load up on TDK blanks while they are still available.

They will continue to sell discs so hopefully they pick a good supplier and stick with them.
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If you get a chance could you do a DVDInfo or other method to get the media code? I have found this very helpful in determining who is really making the discs and then make sure I purchase just the ones that work well in all the burners and players.

(This was in response to my post about the very very inexpensive Fry's specials for discs once in a while. In the past few weeks, there have been some other deals that have been about as good as the Fry's ones, but the Fry's ones still seem more frequent.)

I finally remembered to bring one into work.

Also, no need for a separate app, playing around one other time I realized that the drutil command line utility will give this info.

Even though I realize you only want the media ID, here's all of the info:
Type: DVD-R Name: /dev/disk1
Write Speeds: 1x, 2x, 4x
Overwritable: 510:38:38 blocks: 2297888 / 4.71GB / 4.38GiB
Space Free: 510:38:38 blocks: 2297888 / 4.71GB / 4.38GiB
Space Used: 00:00:00 blocks: 0 / 0.00MB / 0.00MiB
Writability: appendable, blank, overwritable
Book Type: DVD-R (v5)
Media ID: OPTODISCR008

I seem to remember other people have thought Optodisc was bad?? I've had one DVD-R go bad subsequently, but not had coasters upon initial recording, even with my seemingly flaky XS32 drive in other ways (on rewritables, even DVD-RAMs, though some of this very well may be software deficiencies and not hardware problems)
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I do not have any personal experience with them but here are some reviews.

OPTODISC008
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Starting Sunday March 19:

* 25pk TDKs +R/-R $7 at Circuit City (Leave some for me please!)
* 50pk Verbatim $15 @ Best Buy
* 25pk Maxell +R/-R $10 at Longs Drugs (5% reward if you use the Chase/Citibank rewards credit cards)
* 15pk Fujifilm DVD+R DL $30 @ Worse Buy
* free 128MB thumbelina drive with purchase of 25pk Maxell -RW/+RW at regular price (not much of a deal) @ Office Depot
* Buy 1 Get 1 50pk jewel cases @ Office Max - but the price is not listed

CORRECTION starts

* nameless brandless at Fry's 10.5c per DVD (no rebates) [This is WRONG!]

The actual sale is $10.50 for 50pk, thus 21c per DVD. The ad shows +R and has a GQ logo. Is GQ a brand? Then I guess they are not brandless :-)

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I can't believe Longs Drugs sells Maxell DVD-RAMs. But they cost $6 (!!!) per DVD. Ouch! I wonder if anyone buys them at that price.

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While not as detailed as ncaahoops here are a couple:

Verbatim 16x DVD-R @ BestBuy $15 per 50pk
TDK +/- @ CircuitCity $7 per 25pk
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Forgot to mention the no name junk -/+ @ Compusa $6 per 30 shrink wrap.
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Oops Must have been typing at the same time.

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Forgot to mention the no name junk -/+ @ Compusa $6 per 30 shrink wrap.

I haven't tried those yet, although after my experience with the Playaz brand, I may get more brave in trying those brandless brands. I finished up a 50pk of Playaz -R (Playo from Staples) with no problems which was a total surprise.

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I can't believe Longs Drugs sells Maxell DVD-RAMs. But they cost $6 (!!!) per DVD. Ouch! I wonder if anyone buys them at that price.

Probably the same people that buy Blem-Or-Sux at any price.

The Playos have kicked ass for me. Glad I bought 250 of 'em. Now I don't mind recording Corwin's Quest daily on Discovery HD and only putting one hour on discs that I give to my gf's family so much. (4 cents vs. 30 cents is a big deal when it's 30+ discs per month) Sooner or later, I'll hopefully talk them all into getting HDTVs, DVRs, and such for themselves!
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hey ncaahoops ... where did you see the "nameless brandless at Fry's 10.5c per DVD (no rebates)" ones advertised?? Thanks.
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I don't remember seeing this particular ad, but they're in the daily Fry's ads.. They're only in the particular area where the ad appears though. Different Fry's areas may have different ads.

and as I said earlier in this thread, at least with my data point of one disc, these are OPTODISCs.
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If anyone buys some of the 25 spindle TDK DVD-Rs at Circuit City for $6.99 each can you post the media code?
Or if anyone has bought the TDK DVD-Rs when they were on sale at Circuit City within the last 3 months.
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