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    DVD+RW-X-$-#-*

    Hi guys and gals.... I have a Dell w/ a DVD+RW, but I can't burn DVD-Rs. I thought / think that is strange. Anyway, I need to burn data DVDs, and I don't think I want to do that on an RW, as if the same is true w/ CDs, RW is not as reliable / long lasting as R. If all of this is true..... Let me know. My computer is about 1 year old.

    A) - Should I be able to burn DVD-Rs, if I have a DVD+RW?
    [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] - What is the most capable DVD ROM on the market? (I hear Wal-Mart has a Lite-On for $99)

    Thanks for your input!
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    Re: DVD+RW-X-$-#-*

    My favorite is SONY,,I have been using thier products for years..I love their CDRW 52x24x52x. As for as media I would think it would be hard to prove R to last any longer then RW. I personaly like RW because it can be re-written around a thousand times. Makes it a much better buy then CDR or DVDR.


    <A target="_blank" HREF="http://www.dvdcreation.com/2004/01_jan/reviews/cw_sonydru530a.htm"> DVD-everything burner for $185. But you can, and it writes at nearly 8x if you have the right blank discs for it. Sony

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    Re: DVD+RW-X-$-#-*

    If you have a DVD+RW you can only burn +R or +RW DVDs not -R.

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    Re: DVD+RW-X-$-#-*

    I have a Dell with a DVDRW and I can only burn the +R's and +RW's. Its a spectification on the burner if you go DEEP DEEP into the documentation.
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    Re: DVD+RW-X-$-#-*

    Mike, Joe,---

    Do you guys have an opinion about the longevity of +R vs. +RW? I was always told that CD-R was better for long term storage than CD-RW. If that is true, is the same true for DVDs?

    Just wondering if you guys have an opinion. I am a photographer. I am moving from CD-Rs to DVD. I want the most reliable long term storage I can get,

    Thanks guys!
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    Re: DVD+RW-X-$-#-*

    With DVD's there are 1x and 4x blank DVDs. Some of the DVD burners will use ONLY.

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    Re: DVD+RW-X-$-#-*

    I haven't seen any comments about the comparative longevity of DVD+RW as opposed to DVD+R. One could speculate that if the surface is designed for a single writing, then it might be more long lasting than a surface designed for multiple writings.

    What I would say is to make absolutely sure that you get a good, big-name, brand of DVD media, where they have a reputation to keep up, rather than an anonymous unbranded cheapo DVD media. It will cost you more initially -- but in your circumstance that is not so important!
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    Re: DVD+RW-X-$-#-*

    Take a look at this: CD/DVD care and handling.

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    Re: DVD+RW-X-$-#-*

    Good post, Joe - I remember it now from the last time this was discussed, a couple of years ago?
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    Re: DVD+RW-X-$-#-*

    Joe -

    Excellent PDF file.... Thank you..... I just went to Staples, and bought a new burner, but.... Before I open it, I'm gonna try a DVD+R. The disk I tried before was DVD-R. Had no idea there was a difference.

    Oh, the tech support from Dell is just plain AWSOME ly lame. "You-a have-a R-a-W drive you-a can-a-only burn-a-R-a-W disk-a. Is-a dere anyting else-a I can-a do for-a you?" By the way, I got that same statement 4 times in a row.

    Thanks guys, great info. Thanks alot
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    Re: DVD+RW-X-$-#-*

    I dont understand the DVD RW very much. If I get a DVD-RW for my laptops (portable) and backup my data (Full and incremental) will the same unti be able to read the data and restore it? I understand it will also depend on my software for backups. I am mostly wondering if a DVDRW will read a DVD ROM or the data captured in the DVDRW.

    Also, I some of our Laptops and Workstations we have CDRW's to burn CD. If I use these to do Backups will a DVDRW be able to read it and restore the data?

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    Re: DVD+RW-X-$-#-*

    In general the answer to read and restore data on the same unit is yes. As long as the media is OK and there are no hardware problems. A DVD-ROM disc should be able to be read on any DVD + or -. But there is always a chance of a drive malfunction. Most DVD drives should be able to read CDRWs. The only real way to know is to try it. So much depends on the drive manufacturer, their adherence to standards, drive functioning OK, good media, etc.

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    Re: DVD+RW-X-$-#-*

    To add to KST's queries, (1) does anyone know what format most home DVD players are, "+" or "-". I'm looking to upgrade my system so that I can convert all our family home VHSC to DVD...not much point if we can't then watch the DVD's I create on our domestic DVD player. (2) Dependant on the response to my first query, will a single layer DVDRW (+ or -) do the job, or should I look to the new double layer DVDRW, & do they come in + & - as well, and will they be compatible with the domestic DVD player....arrrgghghhh. VCR's were so much easier, only Beta or VHS to choose from (and of course, my family bought Beta the first time round all those years ago <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15>
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    Re: DVD+RW-X-$-#-*

    For now, forget about dual-layer discs. The technology is nascent and it will take a while to get any kind of market penetration. The only real difference between the two types will be the amount of data that you can cram onto the disc.

    As far as home players, the +R format is supposed to be more widely compatible for video. In practical experience, I have found that you really just need to test your chosen disc with the intended player and see how it goes. Oddly enough, my father's top end DVD player has no idea how to read DVD+RW but can read +R, and is also clueless about VCD/SVCD formats. The el cheapo player that belongs to my sister's boyfriend will play anything without so much as a hiccup. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

    Burn a test DVD, and see how it works. If you are not concerned with a wide range of players then you should have a fairly simple time of discovering what works.
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    Re: DVD+RW-X-$-#-*

    Hey Willow.......

    I'm still not a DVD guru by any stretch..... I got my burner to burn DVD data disk and that's all I needed. However, I have a friend who recommends APEX DVD player will read just about all disk.

    Like Mark, I found that my cheap DVD player will read more than my daughters Hi-Tech player. I use Sony disk, because I'm a photographer and I like to spend more money because it makes me feel better about the longevity of my file storage. Go figure.

    Good luck.
    KST

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