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Old 06-17-02, 12:24 AM
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Opinions on IMATION CD-Rs?

It seems Office Depot has a pretty good deal on IMATION CD-Rs (100pack for $10 after rebates). Has anyone had experience with these CD-Rs, are they any good?
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They've always been fine for me. But then just about any CD-R has been fine for me. I consider them in the upper half in quality.
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I've found TDK CD-R's to be good and at a good price too....
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I can't reccomend these, but other people have had better luck than I have. It might just be my burner, but Imation's don't work at all and Memorex's work perfect for me.
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Imation CD-Rs are made by CMC Magnetics, which isn't the greatest company out there. Still, at that price they're worth picking up.

My strategy is, I keep a spindle of cheap CD'Rs around to use for "disposable" purposes --- in other words, things I won't care about long-term. Right now, I have a spindle of Imation. Best Buy has a spindle of 50 ProMedia on sale for $2.99 after instant and mail-in rebates, so I'll probably pick some of those up.

I also keep a spindle of "the good stuff" --- my preference is Fuji, which are made by Taiyo Yuden. I use these for anything I want to keep.

I haven't had any trouble with Imation on my TDK 32X burner, but they may be unplayable in five years.
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I still have some old Imations (4X) that are high quality Taiyo Yuden's but the newer ones are cheap CMC Magnetics that I would only use for disposable purposes. I will not be buying any more Imations unless they switch back to Taiyo Yuden.
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Been using Imations for a couple of years now and never had a problem and I just so happend to pull something off the very first disc I burned...so no problems there.
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Just recently used some Memorex and Imation at work. The Memorex all worked perfectly, the Imations didn't fare as well.
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I've used about 40 Imation picked up on sale (the old 4x) no trouble at all.
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I got them today, they are good so far. Man what a sweet deal If I get the rebate.

100 CD-RS
100 Slim Jewell Cases

for about $12 after taxes.
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I've been using Imation almost exclusively for the past 3 years. It's not really for any reason, as I have had good results with most brands except those crappy cdrs with no labels. You know what i'm talking about? The ones you get in those huge spindles that are blank on top? Those really really really suck. I do not use them for throw-away purposes, i hate them with a passion.
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i only buy imation usually. i got a pack the other day and was surprised that the disc's bottom were black (like a playstation game). looks cool, hope they work good.
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A bunch of my Imation Neon Colored CD's have been peeling. Anyone have this problem?

It is the top layer that peels off, making the CD look transparent. I think that if I can stick an adhesive label on the top, then the CD will read again, no?
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I hope the "standard" Imation CD-Rs don't peel (the silver ones). I've used all the Neon ones, but I still have over 150 of the standard silver ones left ...
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Originally posted by namja
A bunch of my Imation Neon Colored CD's have been peeling. Anyone have this problem?

It is the top layer that peels off, making the CD look transparent. I think that if I can stick an adhesive label on the top, then the CD will read again, no?
No. If you can see through it you lost your data. You at least need the reflectivity of the top layer.

I never used those colored ones. And I've never had a CD peel unless I scraped it off myself for security reasons before throwing it away.

I always though the data was burned right up against that reflective material on top (the inner side of the label). But I wonder if it's burned a little more "in" the CD and covering the clear area with some highly reflective material would fix it?
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The only problem I've ever had w/ Imation brand is they wouldn't read in my old Kenwood car cd player. I suspected that it was the cd player, though, b/c I never had a problem with them anywhere else.
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I picked up 10 of those 100 packs and have gone through about half of them in the last month with no errors. No clue about long term though.
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I've been archiving all my pr0n to imation 12x 80min cdrs
no problems in my 8x4x32 plextor drive
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Originally posted by namja
I hope the "standard" Imation CD-Rs don't peel (the silver ones). I've used all the Neon ones, but I still have over 150 of the standard silver ones left ...
what X said. i have some PNY CD-R's (they're the worst crap ever!) that started to peel. it's toast. luckily it was only some divx stuff.
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... Most of the CDs that peeled are over 1 year old. But there is one that is less than 2 month old that started to peel.

They were non-essential CDs anyway (mp3 backups) so no big loss. But if the regular Imation CDs (the silver ones, not the neon ones) begin to peel, I'm gonna &^&*^#&@&%(@*(@(%
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Originally posted by namja
... Most of the CDs that peeled are over 1 year old. But there is one that is less than 2 month old that started to peel.

They were non-essential CDs anyway (mp3 backups) so no big loss. But if the regular Imation CDs (the silver ones, not the neon ones) begin to peel, I'm gonna &^&*^#&@&%(@*(@(%
well, my regular imations haven't peeled, and i've had some for 3-4 years.
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Your biggest consern with Imation isn't trying to read the discs after they're burned. The biggest problem you'll run into with 'cheap' discs is you'll run into burning problems.

I use Imation as 'general' burn & 'throw away' discs which is fine, but I'd suggest getting better quality discs for more important stuff (i.e TDK or Maxell). Also note that a LOT of 'cheaper' discs won't guarantee high speed burns (usually 24x tops). My 40x burner sometimes spits out Imations like rotten eggs.
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I had a made in Taiwan Imation fail last night.

Anyway, I would say the same thing about Maxell CD-R's; The older ones made in Japan are quite good, the newer Taiwan ones are crap and should be avoided.

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