DVD Back-up

Discussion in 'OS X and OS X Apps' started by the_butcher, May 3, 2004.

  1. Henjie

    Henjie Active Member

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    The Pioneer DVR-104 used in the iMac G4/800 can only burn to DVD-R/RW blanks. It's not compatible with DVD+R/RW media. :)

    BTW, stay away from Melody DVD blanks. They're crappy. The P49 RiData/Ritek DVD-R blanks from CD-R King are actually better.

    And before using 4x DVD-R media, check your SuperDrive's firmware version using System Profiler first. If the "Device Revision" is lower than A227, download and apply the firmware updater available here. If you don't upgrade your SuperDrive's firmware to version A227, there's a possibility that the drive will be damaged when burning to 4x media. :)

    Hope this helps. ;-)


    ~Henjie
     
  2. Lester

    Lester Guest

    DVD2one.com's Mac forum (for dvd2oneX users) says you don't need to use Toast to burn your dvd back-up. Is there any difference to using Toast or Disk Utility? So far I've used only TDK and Verbatim dvd-r's, and they both worked great, hardly any coasters (only 4 so far! I got a 50-pak).

    Oh, and thanks for all the info you shared regarding dvd-r media, Henj. Big help right there!
     
  3. Henjie

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    No difference if you're burning DVD backups (VIDEO_TS folders) since you're just creating standard DVD-ROM data discs. But then again, if you already have a copy of Toast, might as well use it. ;-)

    Check the media ID of your blanks using DVD Media Inspector (direct download link). Insert a blank (or burnt) media on your DVD burner, then run the program. Use either the "Physical Format Information" or "Pre-recorded Information in Lead-in" to read the Media ID. In the example below (taken from the DVD Media Inspector website), it's MXL RG02. 4x Maxell DVD-Rs (made in Japan). Excellent media (used by Apple for its 4x DVD-Rs). :)


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