VideoRoy wrote:A few questions to kick this off:
1. There are probably many, many opinions on this, but using CDSpeed what is the preferred speed and read strategy(CLV, CAV, P-CAV) for testing in this forum?
I seem to be one of the few that still scans @ 4x in my DRU710A and DW1655. I have been using CLV since my Liteon based drive did this normally and with CDS 4.50 I can do this on the DW1655 now.
Different drives have different settings available, and recommended:
LiteON's: 4x CLV is recommended, 8x CAV would be "ok" but discouraged
BenQ's: 8x CAV is recommended, 4x CAV is "ok", CLV and P-CAV testing is discouraged
NEC and Pioneer drives: These drives are discouraged from being used as testing units.
Plextor: 2x is encouraged, 5x is "ok", 8x and 12x is discouraged
VideoRoy wrote:2. What is the minimum amount of data (MB) that should be on a disc to consider the scan worth posting? I scan a lot of discs but most are not completely full.
Please keep it to at least 4GB on the disc, otherwise it won't be a very good test of the media's quality. Scans of full discs are of course preferred, but not required.
VideoRoy wrote:3. With all the tools available what is the preferred tool to scan or does it not really matter? Any we should stay away from?
I can't think of any software that should be avoided.
For LiteON's, K-Probe, DVDInfoPro, and Nero CD/DVD Speed are good
For BenQ's DVDInfoPro, and Nero CD/DVD Speed are good
For Plextor's PXScan is good, and DVDInfoPro also works, but it doesn't report Beta scores yet.
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