There is a BBC internal report that has been mentioned here in the past that suggests that
DVD+RW is likely to have the longest life as it uses different technology to the other DVD
I've seen lifetimes as short as 30 years quoted by
Verbatim for some of their discs so check the specifications on the discs that you buy. I
would also stick to single layer discs - they're simpler and more likely to be written
correctly. You should also verify that every burn has been written correctly and regularly
check the error rates on the discs that you write to ensure that your burner is working
properly and the discs you are using match your burner.
Taiyo Yuden and
Verbatim are the most reliable media brands although be careful with Verbatim as their
quality varies. I wouldn't touch Sony media as I've had some terrible CD-R's from
JRP Music - Audio Mastering and Restoration.
Edited by James Perrett (05/08/10 10:28 AM)