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rich wrecks yet another optical drive

There are a few nasty habits I have when it comes to optical drives, which you know as DVD burners.

First is the fact I stuff too much data on discs. When I go to burn, I squeeze as much data as I possibly can on them. This is a stupid habit because the outer edge of the writeable area where last bits of data is written is always the first thing to go unreadable. What I should be doing is using what I call a 200MB buffer. A DVD-5 can burn up to 4.7GB of data, which is 4700MB. In my experience if you only write a maximum of 4500MB (4.5GB), all the data on the disc stays readable. I have no idea why this is, but it works - regardless of who made the disc.

Second is that for whatever reason I keep using crap media unintentionally. I used to use Sony, but that media was crap from day one (it's always on sale for a reason), so I switched to Maxell. I had a few good years with that brand, then it went to crap, so I switched to Memorex and now that media is crap.

Third, and my worst habit, is that I put old wonky discs into new drives that wrecks them in less than three months. If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know my adventures in trying and usually succeeding in getting data off of discs two steps away from the trash can. The price I literally pay for this is a wrecked optical drive.

Today I placed an order for an optical drive and some media, and this time around I did it the right way.

This is the drive I bought. Rave reviews all around, and the price was right. There was a $5-off combo special if you bought this media with it, so I did. Verbatim is a brand I never buy only because it's never on the shelf whenever I need them, so when I saw the 100-pack, I thought "Well, it will take me a really long time to go through all of these, the reviews are awesome and it's 10 bucks cheaper than if I bought it off the shelf..." so I went for it.

I'm going one step beyond this however which doesn't cost me anything but time but will be worth it.

The drive and media will arrive most likely on Monday or Tuesday. Before I get my stuff, I'm going through all my discs. If there's any bad disc I have that I haven't archived yet, I'm doing to do so and then it's getting destroyed. Literally. I have a pair of heavy-grade scissors that I've used for this purpose before. Any wonky disc is getting cut right down the middle and then thrown away so there will be no possible way I can throw a crap disc to wreck this new drive. All discs from here on out are going to be clean and readable to make this drive last as long as possible, because I'm sick of having to replace one every 6 to 8 months. And yeah, I go through them that quickly - but not anymore if I have anything to say about it. 🙂

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