If you're concerned about what those cheap blank CD and DVD discs that you've purchased at your local computer shop or grocery store, then you might want to take a quick look at Nero's free tool Nero InfoTool. InfoTool provides you with vital information about the write speeds, supported formats and other detailed information about discs and drives.
Are those discs you got at Walgreens really able to burn at the speeds advertised? This tool can give you some more insight.
Apart from giving you details about the discs, it also provides you with detailed information about the hardware you have installed on your system.
Unfortunately for those of us who still use this software, Nero hasn't really provided any updates in quite a while, though it still works quite well.
From Nero:Nero InfoTool download provides information about the most important features of installed drives, inserted discs, installed software, and much more.Nero Infotool 8.0
is licensed as Freeware
for the Windows operating system / platform without restrictions. Nero Infotool is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).
Nero Infotool Virus and Malware Tests:
For security reasons, you should also check out the Nero Infotool virus and malware test
that has been uploaded; additional Nero Infotool screenshots may be available, too.