Well I have a dell 8250 and despite the fact that it's borderline ancient I don't have any problems burning. I have a lot of older backups on real crappy media and I want to salvage as many of them as I can before the crc errors start to pop up. I only use verbatim now and lately I can only find ones made in India. I'm considering trying to find some taiyo yudens or otherwise media made in Japan. My main concern is that my drives won't be able to read/burn different types of media due to a lack of firmware updates for 2 to 3 years. My current drives are: LITEON DVD-ROM LTD163 _NEC DVD+RW ND-1100A I can only burn a 2.4x and I've been told that that’s a generic burn speed? I know these drives will crap out eventually but for now they're still going strong. I would rather wait until I build a new pc to get new drives instead of blowing $100 on drives for my dell which would probably cause conflicts anyways. I guess my main questions are: 1. If I can burn verbatims granted slowly but just fine, shouldn't taiyo yudens perform the same? 2. My pc has a 2.66 GHz p4, and 512 ram so I'm not even sure if it could handle the speeds/transfer rates of newer faster drives.