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Is there any brand of CD-RW that seem to work the best for people? Answered

 I want to buy some cd-rws but really don't want to experiment with some being better than others and would hope someone might have some helpful experience. 

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orksecurity

Best Answer 9 years ago

Any of the name-brands should do fine. If you insist on buying no-name, burning them at a slower speed than they're supposedly rated for may be helpful.... but seriously, it's been a decade since I've had a CD burner produce a "coaster".

Remember that CD-RW is not an archival medium. CD-R may be; there's debate about that.

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orksecuritytimweaver17

Answer 9 years ago

Archival: Something which will reliably retain the data for a long period.

"Real" CDs, as far as we know, should last many decades without degrading. I believe CD-RW shouldn't be counted on for much past a few years. My understanding is that CD-R is somewhere between the two.

If you want more official answers for how long the disks can be trusted to retain data, the manufacturers' websites usually have some information on this. However, that is all based on "accelerated life tests", so it's only an educated guess. For long-term backup, it may be wise to recopy the data to fresh media periodically.

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Re-design

9 years ago

I usually buy a name brand but buying them cheap, sale closeouts.  Bought the Staples brand 50 pack and every one seems to be perfect.

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lemonie

9 years ago

You generally get what you pay for. If it's cheap don't expect too much. If it's branded you hope the brand is backed-up by more than marketing/advertising..
Spend enough that you're confident in the product, don't buy super-cheap.

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JaredsProjects

9 years ago

I usually use memorex, and I haven't had any problems with them yet.

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