I am currently in the process of dumping large amounts of data from a hard drive onto DVD+R discs, and I bought a 25 pack of DVD+R discs, labeled “eProformance”. All is not well in the land of writable optical media.
To my utter amazement, I kept getting “Illegal disc” errors when trying to burn the discs. Thinking that perhaps one, or two of the discs were faulty, I picked some from the middle of the stack of the discs, and some from the end.
All of them gave me the same non-helpful “Illegal disc” error.
Next step, I was thinking this might have been caused by buggy firmware for the drive, I located a newer version of the firmware from the producers web site (the drive was a Ricoh DVD+RW8165 drive), and flashed the hardware without any problems.
Somewhat puzzled, since I didn’t get any sensible results when searching the web for this error, I contacted Ricoh support, to ask if there was any remedy for this. I got the following – slightly unhelpful – response:
bq.. Dear sir,
We recommend to use following media´s:
CD-R (74min./80min.): RICOH, Mitsubishi, Verbatim, TDK, Maxell, Taiyo Yuden, Mitsui
CD-RW (74min./80min.): RICOH, Mitsubishi,
DVD+R: Ricoh,Ritek,MMCC, Verbatim,Philips,Sony
In case of further problem, please contact your PC manufacturer.
p. Seriously? The media I bought conforms to the DVD+R standard, and I fully expect it to work with a DVD writer that conforms to the DVD+R standard. _I don’t expect a DVD writer to reject media that conforms to the same standard as the DVD writer._
People and organizations invest a great deal of time, money, ingenuity and intellectual capacity to create these standards, precisely to avoid problems like the ones I’ve encountered.
If you don’t wish to conform to a standard, please don’t claim to conform to it. Please remove that fancy “DVR+R” or “DVD+RW” logo off your product if it really isn’t and doesn’t do DVD+R(W).
Note: I don’t know who’s to blame here, eProformance or Ricoh – the only thing I _do_ know, is that the manufacturer of my PC is _not_ to blame, unless they, of course mangled the DVD writer in some way.