nox wrote:The problem is not breaking a burner.
The problem is compatibility between those discs and readers. Those discs are out of specification... They are not real CDs.
So, if you're going to use those discs only for you and know that your players accept them, it's OK.
But don't expect that you lend them to someone and work without problems...
I'm more interested in compatibility than in extracting a few more minutes from a disc. In fact, I've never needed to use a 90min. disc.
1) Compatibility between systems- newer hardware can usually handle the data discs
. Older cd drives ( & DVD drives) may have a problem with data discs
99+ minute audio discs
play fine in any music cd player that I've tested them in. Tom's hardware had the same results with their 2 tests on 99 minute discs.
Some computer drives still did not like the 100 minute audio discs, but that's more due to the time code problem, than playback ability. Discs with over 100 minutes have a screwed up display screen, but they still play in a music cd player, including my Sony Discman in my car.
Bottom Line: Sharing Data? Use a 74min or 80min disc. It's cheaper too.
Making a Data back up for yourself? They're fine. The extra 170mb can come in handy if you make DivX movies etc.
Making a huge audio disc? They're fine on all audio cd players and many computer drives, but may have trouble tracking on a computer on the outer part of the disc.
As for the 99 minute cd-r not being a 'real' cd. They are. Time will prove this.
3 years ago, 80 minute cd-r's were not a 'real' disc and my HP drive did not support them. HP's line was "if it's not in the Red Book, we don't support it". Now, TDK is making 90 minute cd-r's. On a side note, TDK were the 1st company to market 80 minute discs, even though they were not standardized (or real). My, how times have changed since my 2x2x24x HP 7570i.
If anyone's interested, there's a lot of information over @ www.cdrfaq.org
on the history of cd drives and media.
FYI: I put my webpage back up for anyone who may be interested in a 100+ minute audio cd.