DVD-RW vs DVD+RW ???

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  1. Dopeskills

    Dopeskills Nothing can beat the Hyundai !!!

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    What's the difference? and which is better?

    I'm going to be backing up lots of DivX videos.

    Is it worth the extra money to get a drive that supports both formats?
     
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    Get a Sony DRU-500AX (like I did) and never worry about the differences in format. If you have to pick one way or another, I don't think it'll really matter if all you're doing is backing up files.
     
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    From dvdrhelp.com:
    DVD-R and DVD-RW
    DVD-R/W was the first DVD recording format released that was compatible with standalone DVD Players.
    DVD-R is a non-rewriteable format and it is compatible with about 88% of all DVD Players and DVD-ROMs.
    DVD-RW is a rewriteable format and it is compatible with about 69% of all DVD Players and DVD-ROMs.
    DVD-R/W supports single side 4.7 GB* DVDs(called DVD-5) and double side 9.4 GB* DVDs(called DVD-10).
    These formats are supported by DVDForum

    DVD+R and DVD+RW
    DVD+R/W has some better features than DVD-R/W such as lossless linking and both CAV and CLV writing.
    DVD+R is a non-rewritable format and it is compatible with about 84% of all DVD Players and DVD-ROMs.
    DVD+RW is a rewritable format and is compatible with about 70% of all DVD Players and DVD-ROMs.
    DVD+R/W supports single side 4.7 GB* DVDs(called DVD-5) and double side 9.4 GB* DVDs(called DVD-10).
    These formats are supported by the DVD+RW Alliance.

    That depends. The two formats are so similar (and yet incompatible) that it's difficult to call one "better" than the other. If the technical advantages of +R are important to you -- lossless linking, CAV and CLV, ability to edit +RW without erasing the disc -- then that's the better format. Various compatibility studies have shown both formats to have the compatibility edge, so I don't really know who to trust. Regardless, both formats are pretty much 100% compatible with new players, it's older players that tend to have problems.

    Then neither format has much of an advantage. Buy the one that's cheapest. -R media has tended to be cheaper than +R media, but that advantage is either gone or decreased to a negligible amount.

    IMO, no. The Sony DRU drives, capable of writing both formats, are very popular, but are $100 - $200 more expensive than single-format writers. I think you're better off choosing a format and then upgrading to a Blu-Ray drive when they become available and cheap.

    Personally, I've got an HP 200i +R/+RW drive, and I've been happy with it. Remember also that DVDs burned in one format will be compatible with most DVD players and most DVD-ROM drives, even drives of the other format. You just can't burn the other format's media.
     
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  5. D1G1T4L

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    how much are dvd burners these days?
    and their media?
     
  6. Dopeskills

    Dopeskills Nothing can beat the Hyundai !!!

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    I've been looking at burners for around $250
    4X Write
    2X Re-Write
     

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