When we bought and set up our new computer, it asked us to make a set of system restore discs. The disc had to be DVD-R, so they could not be accidentally erased or written over. We only had RW at the house so off to Best Buy we went. Surprisingly there was not a huge selection of DVD-R in stock. We decided on these Memorex discs with 16x 4.7GB 120min video capacity.
Frankly, I do not know one disc from another when it comes to brand. I do know I had a bad experience with Magnavox disks, so we opted to stay away from those DVD-R discs. It seemed quite natural to lean toward purchasing the Memorex brand though. I remember their commercials with the guy in the chair and the sound blowing him away. The slogan, "Is it live or is it Memorex?" seemed to originate then too. The quality image of this type advertising can really sway you.
Anyway, we bought the 10 pack, printable DVD-R, which came with a bonus mini marker for labeling. I am a sucker for bonuses. These discs are no frills because the pack does not come with cases or inserts of any sort. You just get the discs. Personally, I think this is the way to go since most of us have CD/DVD storage boxes, books, or cases at home.
Once home, we promptly began the back up process. The computer told us if the discs were not suitable and of high quality, the back up process would abort. With our fingers crossed, we inserted the disc and waited. The computer liked the Memorex Printable DVD-R discs. It liked them so much it used three. (Actually, it told us initially it would take 3 single or 2 double-sided discs.)
I am in search of a recorder to transfer Hi-8 film to DVD. I plan to use the remainder of these discs on that project. Once I do this, I will update with more information about these recordable discs and their image output quality and player compatibility. However, I can say so far so good on data storage. I checked the back up discs and everything is up to my expectations, which is a lot more than I can say for those other discs.