Quality of Blank DVDs

Posted by on July 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm.

Despite the death of DVD media, I certainly still burn enough DVDs, and know I’m not alone. And there is nothing that is more frustrating and time consuming than a burn that fails. And nothing more embarrassing than giving a client a DVD that doesn’t work.

If you use high quality DVD media, you are less likely to run into problems. But how do you find out if that spindle is full of duds, or perfect for archival? Luckily, there is a way of checking the quality of DVD media.

Sadly, this method only works after you have bought that stack, but at least you can tell whether to get the same kind again.

First, you’ll need to insert your blank media into your Mac. Open up the System Profiler by choosing “About the Mac” from the Apple Menu, then hitting the “More Info” button. Then, choose “Disc Burning” under “Hardware”. This will bring up something like this:

What you’re looking for is the Media ID, which is highlighted in orange above. Take that code, and go to http://www.digitalfaq.com/reviews/dvd-media.htm. Search for the ID on the page (you may need to remove spaces), and see if it comes up under 1st (Archival), 2nd (Good, but not archival), or 3rd (Possibility of 50% failure rate) class media.


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