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Sean is right on the money; type of burner, recording speed, DVD brand and firmware all play a vital part in creating a DVD. I have been experimenting over the last several months and made some startling discoveries:
I am noticing a steady failure rate with my 2-3 year old Ritek GO5s, but I never really tested the quality of their burns two years ago, so they may have been border line to start with.
My latest Samsung burner (38.00 NewEgg) and Taiyo Yuden WS 16X DVD-R creates better burns than my Plextor 716A (120.00) with the same discs. The Samsung averages a score of 93 with Nero's CD/DVD Speed, while the Plextor averages 70.
My biggest discovery is that I get the best burns using Verbatim (p/n:95052) DVD+R discs with the Samsung. I average a score of 98 with Nero and there are way less PI errors. This has proven consistent for close to 200 burns.
I also should mention that I have many Panasonic RAM discs that are now approaching eight years old, and NONE have gone bad.
I also have many twenty something year old VHS tapes that still play great. This is why I would never toss out any tapes containing important home movies.