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gold top 650mb or silver 700mb maxell?

Postby liteonrules on Tue Sep 09, 2003 3:36 pm

i saw a 50 pack of maxell's on sale at staples for 9.94 but they were only 74min disc and they had a gold top label and i am used of seeing only 80 min with the silver label on top. Is the gold 74min better than the 80 min silver cdr's? i haven't seen 74mins since 2001
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Tue Sep 09, 2003 9:15 pm

They're both made by Ritek, and both fairly good quality. If you like the price, go for them :wink:
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Postby TheWizard on Tue Sep 09, 2003 11:20 pm

I thought the gold top/74 minute discs are made by Hitachi Maxell (?) and Ian swears that they suck royally. These discs have cyanine dye, IIRC. The silver top/80 minute discs have phthalocyanine dye, and yes, they are made by Ritek.

My advice, stick to the 80 minute Ritek discs.
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Postby kgatwork on Wed Sep 10, 2003 11:26 pm

I've used both and the gold 650megs and silver 700 meg tops made by ritek. The Gold tops generally have lower c1 error rates. In my case on a 48246s drive about 0.200 cps. I was able to pick up a bunch of 100 packs when they were on sale at staples for 5 bucks + tax out the door. Now I regret not getting more.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Thu Sep 11, 2003 9:48 am

As far as I can tell, the only discs made by Hitachi Maxell these days are the XL-S type (maxell 80XL-S for example). Although I"ve heard that Ritek also makes some of these.

From *my* experience, the hitachi maxell's have been quite good quality... however I've also heard that some drives are completely incompatible with them.
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Postby TheWizard on Fri Sep 12, 2003 12:08 am

It could be my drives, but I doubt it because the top layer of the discs started flaking off, which is not a good sign for ANY disc. BTW, I am referring to CompUSA branded discs manufactured by Hitachi Maxell. Stay away from them!
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Fri Sep 12, 2003 10:07 am

ewww.... CompUSA disc in general are something to stay away from!

but as for the top flaking off, even Mitsui discs have this problem sometimes! :cry:
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Postby TheWizard on Fri Sep 12, 2003 8:11 pm

Yeah, key word = sometimes. :) I slowly watched all the CompUSA/HM discs I own flake off piece by piece. Luckily, I saved what data I could and reverted to backups of backups (which were burned on better discs) for the unsalvagable data.
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