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Recommended CD-R To Save Photos?

Fri Feb 15, 2002 10:05 am


After having scanned dozens of old slides and started working with a digital camera, my HD gets more and more full every day. Therefore I wanted to move the photos to a CD.
Unfortunately I heard many negative comments about the quality of CD-R's, so I was wondering if there are any CD-R's which are recommendable for photo storage? I simply want to avoid that the CDs fall into dust after a couple of years....

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RE: Recommended CD-R To Save Photos?

Fri Feb 15, 2002 11:46 am

I use Imation CD-R's for everything. From Burnt games from my friends, to music cd's and everything in between. It's pretty much the software you use, as well as the burner.

I use Nero as the software burn app, and I have a TDK veloCD 32x10x40 Internal CD-RW Drive. The burner is fast, and uses the burn proof technology so i get a perfect burn every time. Don't delete the files from your computer after you burn them. Try using the disk on your, your friend, and your other friends computer first.
That way you know if it works or not. If it is something important, I make 2 cd's of it, and put them in 2 different places. That way I know that it's in good quality.

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RE: Recommended CD-R To Save Photos?

Fri Feb 15, 2002 4:51 pm

Another idea would be to test the discs every now and then, and if one starts to give you trouble, copy it's contents back to your hard drive and make a new backup disc.

I have used Imation CD-R's for a couple of years now (since I got my burner), but I haven't burned a lot, but some of the discs (music CD's) have gotten quite a bit of use and haven't had problems yet. A friend of mine likes Verbatim discs.

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RE: Recommended CD-R To Save Photos?

Sat Feb 16, 2002 1:02 pm

I would recommend sticking to the "name brand" CD-R's (Imation, Verbatim, Memorex - my personal fave, etc.) I have tried off-brands (like "Comp USA") in the past with horrible results - like a 50% or so success rate. I have never had a bad Memorex disk - for audio, backup files, game dupes, etc.

Hope this helps,
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RE: Recommended CD-R To Save Photos?

Sat Feb 16, 2002 1:17 pm

I have done probably about 500 cds mostly music, some hard drive backups, and a few misc. If you have a good quality burner (TDK, HP, Plextor) you should have no problem at all using even the cheap disks. I have gone threw two 100 pack stacks of Comp USA cds and no problems except when I made an error on my part. I have also gone threw about 100 TDK with no problems on those either.

My thought on the subject is while you needed name brand CD-Rs about three years ago when we were still in the beginning of home cd burning (2X burners) and you would be a 50 pack spindle and about 3/4 would work. You no longer need to do that because the manufacturing process has gotten to the point where they are all fine for recording.
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RE: Recommended CD-R To Save Photos?

Sat Feb 16, 2002 1:21 pm

I found that Plextor and TDK will last forever. Memorex are hit and miss the ones that have the areas that are designed to right on have lasted me some times but the ones that are just silver on the top rarely lasted me more than a month.
At worst, you screw up and die.
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RE: Recommended CD-R To Save Photos?

Sat Feb 16, 2002 8:51 pm

The only problems I have had with CDRs have been with older discs (maybe 4 years ago & older) - and this has been with both branded and unbranded CDRs. These days, I don't find any problems with any of them really. However, I would never stick 100% to a single brand - because if a flaw develops later on, you could lose an entire archive if all your files are stored on the same type of CD.

To store my digital photos, I write each pic to 2 separate discs, 1 main and a backup. The main and the backup are two different brands of CDR, and I'm currently using Kodaks for the main and unbranded (manufactured by Ritek) for the backup. This way, I'm confident that if there is any problem with the one, I'll always have the other.
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RE: Recommended CD-R To Save Photos?

Sun Feb 17, 2002 1:33 am


Thanks for all your recommendations. I currently have normal CDs from ACER (don't know if this is a brand or not....) and a 10-pack of Gold CDs made by "HiSPACE". Does anyone have experiences with some of these? The guy in the shop told me that the gold cds are more durable and also more resistant against light etc.

But I guess that it is definitely a good "insurance" to burn the photo CDs twice on different brands.

Best regards,

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RE: Recommended CD-R To Save Photos?

Sun Feb 17, 2002 11:42 am

I would recommend you Verbatim and Imation CD-R's
I had quite an experience with other brands, but these two proved to be the most stable ones. For example, I had problems with a clogged Cdrom lens. The Fuji CD's couldn't be read, but the Verbatim were always read(even all of them were burned using a real crap CD burner(RICOH!!! DREADFUL! NEVER AGAIN!). The Imation CD-R's could also give you a "false alarm" under these conditions, but not that oft as the Fuji. I even had a two Fuji's "lost"...thanks god it was not a vital ressource stored on them
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RE: Recommended CD-R To Save Photos?

Mon Feb 18, 2002 2:30 am

The CD-R appears to me to be the best bet for photo backups with today's technology. Inexpensive and universally accepted, you really can't loose. I must say that while I have heard of Acer computers, I didn't know they had their own media. Also, I never heard of HiSpace, so can't comment, other than to say I used name brand media from the start.

Over the past 18 months I have burned about 20 Memorex CDs without a problem. Most of these have been backups, which means I don't handle or access them much. Of course I did a sample read on each one before I put it in storage some distance from my collection.

In that you are running out of hard drive space, you have been forced to address the backup issue. Even if you had plenty of hard drive space, it would still make sense to back up your photos due to virus threats and possible hardware failure. Most people will recommned that you backup your photos as TIFF files.

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