Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bad Disks

Thankfully, this has nothing to do with bad discs related to lower back pain. There was a sale at OfficeMax for Verbatim brand DVD disks – a pack of 100 for $19.99, so I went and purchased it on Monday morning after running and weight training. I’ve had a bad experience in the past when I bought disks of a different brand (I think it was TDK), which I tried to use several months after I bought them. The whole batch of 100 were bad disks and you could not save any data on them. Since it had been months since I first bought them, I didn’t have the receipt anymore and couldn’t return them. Besides, the allotted amount of time for returns most likely expired already. So that was money down the drain. When I bought the disks last Monday, I opened them right away and tried to copy files on them. On the first disk, the software said it had bad sectors, so I tried a second one and this time it just said “burning” for the longest time. I know for sure it doesn’t take that long to burn a disk. So back to the store I went to exchange the product for another pack. Upon returning home, I tried to do the same thing I did with the first pack with the same results. So, I used a different computer and software and tried to burn a video file. While the computer processed the information, I left for work and when I got back home the next morning, I noticed the the DVD tray had popped open, meaning the disk was done and ready to use. I popped the disk into a DVD player and saw that the video was functioning well, but… no audio! So I tried it in the computers’ DVD player but got the same result. That could only mean that the disk was corrupted too. Dang it! Having just gotten home from work I went to sleep and when I woke up, I went back to the store to return the product. I didn’t want to get another replacement because my conclusion is either Verbatim didn’t make good disks, or a bad batch was sent to the store. Needless to say, I probably won’t try to buy that brand again. At least the salesperson was very nice and didn’t grill me about exchanging and returning two days in a row. I had been using a generic Staples store brand disks lately and it has worked very well so I’ll be keeping an eye out in case it goes on sale again. So if I can share a lesson learned here: when you buy new disks, try to use them right away to find out if they are good. At least you’ll find out early while you still have the receipt.

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