Have today just ordered my dvd recorder. My question is in regard of the dvd ram discs. Should I buy a number of single sided ones or a fewer number of double sided in 'caddies' . Are the protected ! discs just for the clumsey , or is there a real reason to protect them.
DVD-RAM discs are available in packs of 5 from Argos. Price £14-99 per pack. They seem to sell out very quickly. My local Argos store in the town hasn't had any for ages but I obtained a couple of packs from the ARGOS EXTRA store recently built on a nearby retail park. Also available online click here or from the Panasonic e-shop
Note that only the non-caddy RAM discs will work with the LG DVD writers for PC. You can remove these discs from the caddy but there isn't much point as the non caddy RAM discs are cheaper. £20 for a ten pack of 4.7GB non caddy RAM discs on Panaasonic website when they have them in stock plus standard postage of £2-98. Post free if order over £25. click here
Don't buy Panasonic Mirror 4.7GB DVD-R discs for the Panasonic recorder. I have a pack of 25 of these and only one has worked out of the five tried. Verbatim discs work OK either 2x or 4x and so do the Ritek 4x discs using the G04 dye. The latter I normally obtain from Blankdiscshop. Many others are probably suitable but these are the ones I stick with. If its something I wish to last then I use Verbatim because the quality is better but the prices tend to be higher.
Nothing wrong with Panasonic DVD-RAM discs. I use them all the time. The discs I find useless are the "MIRROR PLATINUM 4.7GB DVD-R " discs. These were advertised as Panasonic Mirror DVD-R discs. I purchased a pack of 25 from Maplin some time ago and they will NOT work in my Panasonic DMR-E85 recorder. Nor will they work in my Panasonic DMR-E60 recorder. I haven't bothered to try them in my JVC DRM10 recorder. They may work in the LG GSA4040 DVD writer when I get around to fitting it in one of my PC's but I don't really need this DVD writer. I purchased this because it's compatible with DVD-RAM. No need to worry wallbash - it is DVD-R discs with the brand name "MIRROR" which I have stated are not working with my Panasonic DVD recorders.