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    Slow Burning Speed Myth

    Hi guys,
    many here suggest burning speed 4x (or lower) for better results on DVDR but according to this one, with 16x discs this may not optimal:

    "Myth of burning slower. Discs are made to perform at an ideal rotational speed, which is where write strategy originates. The disc will perform best up to a certain speed, and the drive will not permit any faster. The inverse is the same, but until recently, drives would not prevent unreasonably low speeds. Modern human nature tends to want more speed and more power, so this was not really a concern.
    But believe it or not, there are still people who insist on waiting 55-60 minutes to burn a CD or DVD at 1x speed, because they are convinced anything faster will yield a bad or “lower” quality burn. However, burning too slow is often just as bad as burning too fast. Because of this unreasonable impulse to go too slow, some discs and drives now block out the lower range too (and causes problems, see the 16x section for more).

    There was some truth to that statement in the beginning, (circa 1995 for CD-R, 2001 for DVD-R), but those days are long gone. The only reason that myth ever held truth was because 2x was the fastest speed, and burning a single full or half speed under the maximum rating is helpful on lower quality blank CD/DVD media. If you are worried about quality, or if the media tends to be dodgy quality at the maximum rated speed, then burn a full or half step slower. No more. With a 8x disc, for example, a burn speed of 4x or 6x would be optimal."

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    hmmm thats interesting and useful cause ive been doing at lowest speed as possible lately

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    yeah i wish people would stop spreading this sort of mis-information that you see, usually around video game forums like wiihacks.

    i like to do 1/2 speed of what the disc is rated. for example 16x disc burned at 8x speed. or 8x disc burned at 4x speed.

    unless your dvd burner is from the 90's, there's absolutely no other reason to be burning at 2x or 1x speeds these days, since most discs are at least 8x, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamer89420 View Post
    yeah i wish people would stop spreading this sort of mis-information that you see, usually around video game forums like wiihacks.

    i like to do 1/2 speed of what the disc is rated. for example 16x disc burned at 8x speed. or 8x disc burned at 4x speed.

    unless your dvd burner is from the 90's, there's absolutely no other reason to be burning at 2x or 1x speeds these days, since most discs are at least 8x, too.
    Believe it or not, there HAVE been users who have burned multiple discs and have not been able to get them to work until they slowed the speed.. I believe that article to be true with normal media, But dual layer games and such seem to cause issues..


    Also.... Talking about "these days".... we us hdd for convenience and speed. Original discs play at 6x and burned discs only at 3x.. Hdd usb loading is faster, cheaper in the long run and waaay more convenient..

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    Most of the problems with burning don't necessarily come from the performance of the drives, but from memory issues and ppl having too many running processes while trying to burn their disks. Under these kinds of conditions, slowing down their burning speeds make the difference.

    One could argue that they simply need to either add more memory and/or stop all running processes before attempting to do a good burn, but it winds up being far more complicated to explain, than simply telling them to slow it down. This was especially true during the earlier years of this site. But since most are taking advantage of usb loading, burning disks are a non-issue.

    I used to burn disks for all sorts of reasons, but With so much Usb compatability in devices built lately. I haven't burned a disk in over a year, and don't see any need to do any burning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oddgriffin View Post
    I used to burn disks for all sorts of reasons, but With so much Usb compatability in devices built lately. I haven't burned a disk in over a year, and don't see any need to do any burning.
    If you interested in GameCube back ups , burning discs is still the only choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamer89420 View Post
    yeah i wish people would stop spreading this sort of mis-information that you see, usually around video game forums like wiihacks.

    i like to do 1/2 speed of what the disc is rated. for example 16x disc burned at 8x speed. or 8x disc burned at 4x speed.

    unless your dvd burner is from the 90's, there's absolutely no other reason to be burning at 2x or 1x speeds these days, since most discs are at least 8x, too.
    I personally can not write a back-up off my laptop at more than 2x as they will not work

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