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Old 01-02-06, 02:21 AM
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Fact or fiction? Does Burning speed affect quality

just as the title says. Would a burn at a higher speed like 4x lead to a lower quality DVD than 1x?
Old 01-02-06, 02:26 AM
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(you might make extra coasters, but speed doesn't kill)
Old 01-02-06, 02:54 AM
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I've heard it argued several times on-line that data deteriorates faster when burned at a higher speed. I haven't noticed it yet. I'm sure CDs & DVDs will go bad eventually, but I have never had any problems reading my burned discs yet, and I always burn at the max speed possible (and I've burned at least 1000 CDs/DVDs).

The oldest CD I have is from 1998. Burned at 8x (that was the max speed on my CD burner then). The last time I used it was last summer, and it read just fine. My oldest DVD+R is from the fall of 2003. Burned at 8x (paid over $200 for the Plextor 708A, which I'm still using). The DVD+R says that it is rated at 4x, but burned it at 8x anyway, and it burned just fine. I read it just now to test it, and it seems to work just fine.

Not that this is scientific by any means. Just a personal anecdote. Doesn't everyone burn at max speed? Does anyone have disc reading errors?
Old 01-02-06, 08:08 AM
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Never had a problem with media burned at max speed. The only thing I don't do is burn on the fly when copying a disc with two burners.
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I did way back when with an old 2X CD burner. However I always felt that was more a reflection on the quality of the burner then anything else. Some music CD's would have difficulty reading on my players when it was burned at 2x opposed to 1x.
Old 01-02-06, 12:55 PM
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maybe if your hard drive data transfer rate isn't enough to prevent a buffer udnerrun, that's the only time I used to have issues burning at max speed, but that was years ago with my very first burner
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There is no definitive answer. Each type of media burns best at a particular speed which may or may not be at its fastest rated speed.

I have 4x DVD media that burns best at 6x and 8x DVD media that burns best at 6x. When I burn them at lower speeds error scans show the burns to be lower in quality, just as is shown when they're burned at higher than optimal speeds.
Old 01-02-06, 05:08 PM
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In addition to X's note about media variances, if your particular computer can handle fast speeds, you will be fine. For me, I can only burn at 6x. Depending on how many background programs you have running (like UD Agent or something) and how much memory you have (and how much is being used by other resources), your burning speeds will vary accordingly.

Probably the best way to find out what your particular burning speeds are, is to experiment at 4x, 6x, and 8x. Also, make note of how many programs are running at the time, and your memory allocation percentage.
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I always burn DVDs at 2.4X instead of 4X out of being paranoid about coasters, but I'm wondering if I'm actually getting any benefit out of it. I need to go back and check my discs for errors and see if there is any difference.
Old 01-03-06, 06:29 AM
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What X said.
Old 01-03-06, 06:47 AM
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I don't know about DVDs, but I tend to burn CDs at lower speeds than the max to be sure I don't get any errors. It's not foolproof, but it works better.

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