I am confused with the new products available today; what to choose? does most expensive always mean better?
It depends what you want. If you want to burn at full speed and relatively error free, the go with Ians suggestions. If your willing to burn at a slower speed then just about any CD-r will do, yielding pretty much perfect results.
So, eric93se, you haven't heard the horror stories of DVD's that read perfectly fine after burning and were unreadible two years later?
Are CDR's intrinsicly more reliable that DVDR's? Perhaps.
My feeling is that data important enough to backup is IMPORTANT. Atleast to media reliable enough to preserve the data until the next generation of storage arrives.
I'm glad I have records, VHS and beta tapes that (well cared for) have lasted long enough for digital archiving. I'd hate to lose this through saving a few pennies on media.
I use Taiyo Yuden DVD's and CDR's because the general consensus seems to be that they have altleast the potential to last a couple decades