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    DVD Formats

    I just bought a DVD burner and i bought a 50-pack of dvds... but i had the choice between DVD-R and DVD+R... what is the difference? is +R rewriteable and -R isn't? <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>
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    Re: DVD Formats

    Wikipedia - DVD formats has details of the various formats.

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    Re: DVD Formats

    thanks... although i still don't see the difference, or more importantly, which i should be buying <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: DVD Formats

    DVD -R is typically more compatible with DVD players, whereas the +R flavor does not work as often. Outside of that, they are nearly identical. Thus, if you plan to create DVDs for viewing anywhere other than the computer, you'll want the -R discs.
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    Re: DVD Formats

    wow, lucky for me then! i happened to pick the right ones <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    thanks for the info!
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    Re: DVD Formats

    On a related note, the business of DVD formats brings a whole new dimension of learning! I am way behind in technology and don't have a DVD drive/burner in my PC, nor a DVD player in my home TV system. My old VCR is taking a nosedive, so I just ordered a combo VCR-DVD player to replace it (not a burner). I was looking in the online user manual (Sylvania) and saw a page with all the "acceptable" DVD formats as well as the following footnote at the bottom of the page - see screenshot (my added rectangle).
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    Re: DVD Formats

    Somewhat of topic: Apparently Windows Vista will not have support for really old DVD drives. Found on The Old New Thing: On the inability to support hardware that nobody makes any more

    To me this is no issue, but the nerds/geeks got heated.

    On topic: rewriteable and not rewriteable DVDs are no problem to differ; the RW-sufix is the same as with CDs. I have no DVD burner, but have heard and read the same as Mark mention about -R and +R. However, just some week ago I read a review of, maybe, 10 DVD drives with different media. If I remember correct, there was a time difference when burning DVD-R DL or DVD+R DL (i.e. double/dual layer). <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> must be different write speeds depending on media. But for the life of me I can not remember where I read it and some search did not come up with it. ( <img src=/S/note.gif border=0 alt=note width=20 height=20> to self: do not empty cache or history!).

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    Re: DVD Formats

    For some reason, I cannot find a brand of DVDs that will work with my DVD burner - It's the stock one that came in my Vaio Desktop RB-30, DVD-RW, however whenever I put in a DVD-R disc, the drive changes to CD Drive... <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15>

    Same thing with my new laptop, an Averatec 3250.... <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15> <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15>
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    Re: DVD Formats

    You will no doubt get many opinions regarding DVD-R and DVD+R.

    If your DVD burner can use both formats I would experiment with both as a test.

    I acquired the Plextor PX-708A when it first came out and it was rated for an 8x burn rate. At the time, 8x DVD's were not available (at least in my market area) and the highest speed media I could get were 4x's. Using the DVD-R format and the 4x media I was able to get the called for 4x speed. Using the DVD+R 4x media, the burn rate was 8x and the end product was readable. I still have DVD-R and DVD+R 4x blank media and the DVD+R gives me the fastest burn.

    So, as stated earlier, if your burner can use either -R or +R media, try them both, matching the rated burner speed with like media.

    Cheers, Bob

    P.S. I use Nero 7 Ultra Edition software which does an excellent job in matching media and burn rates, as did the earlier version 6.
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    Re: DVD Formats

    Averatec... i was looking at those, but i read too many mixed reviews to ever pick one up. many complaints about the backspace button <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

    As for the Sony drive, i would try re-installing the drivers from the manufacturer (Sony?) hope they don't come with a rootkit! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> actually, you could try doing that for the averatec too i suppose.......
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    Actually, I don't mind the backspace button, but the Up arrow is between the /? and the Right Shift key - it drives me nuts....
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    Re: DVD Formats

    Are they serious? I thought most DVD players supported Video CD (VCD) and JPG on a regular CD. Navigating folder structures with a remote isn't much fun, but I like having the option. Well, hopefully the firmware is more up-to-date than the manual suggests...

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