I recently decided to follow the best practice of storing backups at a different site (a safety deposit box). I only backup up my personal data, and the zip files are in the order of 100MB. Multiple backups can fit on a DVD.
Normal DVDs are too big for my safety deposit box, so I'm considering mini-DVDs. I have a 2011 era laptop, and I know that it reads mini-DVDs -- some products I've purchased provide documentation on mini-DVDs, which I was able to read. However, I'm not sure if the drive can write on mini-DVDs (it writes fine on normal DVDs).
It use to be that disc drives had markings on their faces to show what kinds of discs they are compatible with.
Are there any markings to indicate to ability to write to mini-DVDs?
Alternatively, since my laptop writes to normal DVDs, can I assume that it writes to mini-DVDs?
Mini-DVDs are typically described as for camcorders. Can they be used for computer data?
I'm not asking for a brand in this question, so I hope it doesn't bring my post off-topic. No stores in my city carry mini-DVDs, and because I've run into counterfeit goods in online purchases, I'm trying to find a means to acquire mini-DVDs directly from the manufacturer (who typically aren't sellers online). These are commodity items which don't seem to show up in a search of the manufacturer site. What are some approaches to obtaining mini-DVDs directly from manufactures?
The manual can be found at this Toshiba site. Page 2-14 says that the laptop has a "DVD Super Multi drive" (I don't have BD). According to Tom's Hardware, this should be able to "read/write/rewrite CD's, DVD+r, DVD-r, DVD+- r, DVD+-RW, and use Dual layer DVD's". It doesn't say anything about different sizes.
The very next sentence in the manual says 'A Serial ATA interface controller is used for 12cm(4.72") and 8cm(3.15") (Tray ODD) and 12cm(4.72") (Slot ODD) CD/DVD/BD operation.' The crime of not defining the acronym ODD is committed, but I suspect it refers to optical disc drive. As was customary with laptops in the day, my built-in ODD is of the form of a slide-out tray, with a quarter of floor of the tray missing (I'm sure there's a good reason for this, but I haven't yet found it via web search). I assume that this still falls under the "tray" definition.
However, it could very well be that the SATA interface description is merely a description of an internal SATA interface or the external eSATA port. Interpretted literally, that is all that is stated. Further evidence that the passage does not refer to the physical ODD itself is the fact that it refers to possible ODDs rather than a specific ODD. In fact, I find the passage quite confusing, as it describes both an interface, an ODD, and the disc sizes supported by various ODDs. Therefore, I don't see that passage as an reliable attestation that my ODD can write to mini-DVDs.