Originally Posted by DigaDo
There are two main DVD spindle designs.
There are the "protruding base" spindles that have an interlocking flange along the outside edge of the top portion. The interlocking flange fits into the locks atop the spindle base section. This type is usually just referred to as a DVD "spindle."
The DVD "cake box" refers specifically to those spindles that do not have a protruding base. The interlocking flange is along the inside edge of the top portion. The "cake box" flange fits along a channel running around the base section.
A "protruding base" spindle is seen at the left. Two examples of "cake box" spindles are seen at the center and right.
I haven't put much if any thought into the container I have both so I check out which I prefer.
Originally Posted by jjeff
It seems the majority of mfgs. use the "protruding base" design and they work very well. The "cake box" can
work quite well but in other cases(Ty DVDs are a prime example) the cake box design is really bad, leading to the base inadvertently disconnecting from the top which can lead to dire consequences. With Ty cake boxes I immediately switch them over to a used "protruding base" spindle, preferably a 50 count but a 100 spindle if I'm out of 50s.
AFA RW life, I believe the stated life is something like 1000 rewrites but <100 is more realistic before errors start showing up.
Both Verbatim and Sony are quality RW media, I'd use +RW if you've got a Funai based machine and -RW for others including Panasonic, Pioneer or the classic Toshibas, new Toshibas are Funai based.
AFA reformat vs erase, I generally use erase but if I notice the available space is starting to get smaller I do a reformat which brings it back to the max. If you can't display available space then I'd just do a reformat every 5 or so rewrites. The recording quality will be the same either way, digital is digital, you'll just lose a little space if you haven't formatted in a while.
what is AFA?
also doe'snt deleteing each title compared to a complete reformate put extra wear and tear on the recorder?
Originally Posted by wajo
"They" say about 1000 times, but prob. much less than that in actual use?
DigaDo answered this.
The 1st link are the preferred Vebatim RW's with "SERL" on pkg, the 2nd one (Sony) are prob. OK too.
The preferred Verbatim +/-R should have "AZO" on pkg.
I'd continue deleting titles, which just deletes their addressing info so the disc looks "clean" to the recording system next time.Here's a help file on DVDs.
looks like I'll read up on DVDs.
I use expensive 3M white tape (telecom quaility) on the top of my DVDs to write on.
my observations on this method are that I get a tiny bit of glue residue on the DVD that is stacked ontop of the 3M taped one. which stinks a tiny bit.
?will this tiny bit of glue tape residue ruin my DVD?
I prefer not to use a paper type of lable because I had a paper lable dry up peal of and clog up a DVD drive.
I have been purchasing the Memerex DVD+rws at best buy 50 pack for $12.99 on Holiday sales however I have'nt sean this deal in over 2 years I think since unrewriteables are so cheap now it's drove the price of +RW up
I still prefer a choice to delete and rerecord.
Wajo I've been looking over you'r stickie on the 515 ect.
apparnetly I've been putting extra wear and tear on my recorder by recording directly to the DVD (only w/ the Panasonic because it dos'nt have a quick dub. like my new 515) so looks like I'll be on alert an be more concious to record to HDD tthen do a quick DVD copy on the 515.
Thanks Guys for helpfull adice and links for me to read