Hi, You said
>..Also, if these discs previously played okay, but now don't,.."
No, I'm talking long before that, before I even put them away: I copy a movie on DVD and when it's finish Toast automatically verify but I still check the disc: I eject the disc and put it again on the tray and check to see if everything is OK. In the past, 95-99% of the time it is OK. (If it isn't I redo it.)
> (I hope you test your discs before you delete the movies from your hard drive?) " Of course! See above.
Once the disk is OK, I put it away. I copy a lot of movies and watch it later. When I do watch everything is fine. They are in a jewel case and are vertically stored in a box to protect from dust. And the boxes are inside my bookcase behind doors.
Over the years I used only brand names. Over the years I used Imation, Memorex, Taiyo Yuden, Verbatim. What I have now, with the problems reported, is Verbatim (the real one; with AZO).
I did some research after the second incident and I find out that the problem might be speed is to slow.
Before I put "best speed" and it was 1x, 2x or 4x (don't remember because it was years ago). And recently I read that it should be at least 8x : again I read that several months ago so I'm not sure about 8x or 4x but the idea was that although too fast is not good, too slow is not good either and you should put it minimum at 4x or 8x (I'm sure it wasn't 16x, either 4 or 8) and so instead of choosing "best speed", I said 8x and no problems.
At the same time, if I record something weeks later, I forgot about that and put "best speed" and it's still OK.
The idea with best speed is that Toast look at the disk and decide what is best.
Anyway I was just concerned that my Toast 7 is old and perhaps I should upgrade. I though it's like Apple when you upgrade for free to another version. And it's not only Apple: Last week I made free upgrades of Snapz Pro X, ClipGrab, iGetter and Flash Player.
So they want me to buy, huh? What will be the best option: Toast 8 ? 9? 10? or go all the way to a much newer version?