Please recommend a DVD-RW
+rw -RW etc are the different formats.
Any of the major name brands (Sony, HP, Plextor, etc) should be fine. I have a Sony Sony DRU-510A and I'm very happy with it. You may want to get a 4-format drive (-R, +R, -RW, +RW), but you can probably ignore the DVD-RAM format.
The DVD "+" and "-" are different recording formats, and "R" is "recordable" (write-once) and "RW" is "rewriteable" (can be erased and re-recorded). Blank DVD discs are available in all 4 of these formats. If you are recording a video DVD to play in your DVD player connected to your TV, for example, you need to find out which format(s) of DVD the player will accept.
The -R format is the most widely supported among the consumer players (I believe it was something like 98% of players). DVD-RAM isn't an issue, because this format is smaller than 4.7GB, and the media is encased in plastic, so it's not compatible with anything except another DVD-RAM drive.
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
DVD-RAM sure is getting a bad rap. That's too bad because it is a superior format for data storage where interoperability with typical home DVD players is not an issue. Current capacity is 4.7GB, double sided discs are available with 9.4GB capacity (they have to be manually flipped, however) and the use of cartridge discs is optional. Windows XP has support for treating the discs as standard removable media without the use of packet writing software.
Thanks for the suggestions guys!!!
I have a 4-format drive from Sony (not sure of the exact model) and have been really happy with it. I've written about 100 - 150 DVD's with it in the last few months with few problems.
LG -produce a four format drive that is actually cheaper than most of the competition.
> "R" is "recordable" (write-once) and "RW" is "rewriteable"
Any thoughts on this one? I had thought of getting it...
Oh, and my Toshiba laptop seems to support writing DVD-RAM media only with it's drive, but I've never tried it. It doesn't support any of the DVD RW formats.
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