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Do you ever wonder why your carefully burned DVDs spontaneously turn into coasters, wasting your relatively expensive blank media? Well, it's probably because you're a cheapskate and opted for the Yi Jhan Tech blanks instead of the more expensive TDK discs.

Unlike stuff like cereal and medicine, brand names matter when it comes to blank discs. Next time you head out to pick up a spindle check this handy reference chart to see which brands are 1st class (95-100% successful burn rates) and which are 4th class (0-50% successful burn rates). Face it, your pirated copy of You, Me, and Dupree deserves better.

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Blank media quality guide [via Digg]