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Difference between DVD+R & DVD-R


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#1 raj29

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 11:14 AM

Can any body tell me - What is the basic difference between DVD+R & DVD-R? Which one is better as data storage medium?
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 11:36 AM

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=D...mp;aq=f&oq=

Any one of the above ought to do the job.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 11:00 PM

DVD+R's are a bit more high teched and have better features than DVD-R's. Usually, DVD+R's have a better download rate, but besides that, I find no difference in them. They both work very well for Storage Mediums, but I would recommend a Flash Drive or a External Drive if it's a rather big file.
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Posted 27 February 2009 - 11:20 AM

Thank both of you hamluis and swordie for your valuable information.
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Posted 27 February 2009 - 12:00 PM

DVD-R was the first format to make it on the market and because of this most of the industry geared their DVD burners for the -R format. This is why for a while there were drives that wouldn't work well with -R disks. Optical drives now don't have problems with either format. As for differences in performance, there basically really isn't any.

With a capacity of 4.7GB DVDs make a good choice for storing large files.

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 04:11 PM

I ran into a problem trying to record on to a blank DVD and here is my experience:

I wanted to record home videos/movies from VHS tape to DVD.

I spent a lot of time researching recording on to a blank DVD.


There are 2 types of blank DVDs that you record on:

1st type is a negative blank DVD & it is marked DVD-R

2nd type is a positive blank DVD & it is marked DVD+R

Most DVD Recorders are programmed to record to only the negative blank DVD & it is marked DVD-R.

But some DVD Recorders are programmed to record to only the positive blank DVD & it is marked DVD+R.

Also some DVD Recorders will record to both types of blank DVDs.

The maximum time you can record to a blank DVD at best quality (SP) is 120min.

The brand of blank DVDs doesn't matter, they are all good quality.

You have to check the operating manual of the DVD Recorder that you intend to use for recording and purchase the proper type of blank DVD for that Recorder.

I intended to record using my DVD Recorder/Burner on my computer but discovered there were many limitations such as:

An external video playback source cannot be plugged in to my computer as there are no video input sockets/jacks.

I would have to install a video/tv card to my computer and this card would then have the video input-output sockets/jacks that I require.

I did purchase 2 all in one TV cards installed them and tried recording but they were not user friendly.

After reviewing the video recording software available to me on my computer, I found:

- I was limited to record only at the SP (high speed) for 2hrs
- Time settings where not available or very difficult to set up.

Too many hassles!!!!


I bought a very resonable priced DVD Recorder/Player (Samsung, Model DVD R150).

This DVD Recorder/Player records with no problems and I found very easy to operate. (Same as using a vhs tape recorder/player)

Any Video/Audio source can be plugged in for recording such as, tv, camera, vhs tape player, DVD player , etc.

Conclusion:

An external DVD Recorder/Player much easier to use then a built in computer DVD Recorder/Player.

There are 2 types of blank DVDs available: a negative blank DVD (DVD-R)
and a positive blank DVD (DVD+R).

Check the operating manual of the DVD Recorder/Burner/Player that you intend to use for recording and purchase the proper type of blank DVD for that Recorder/Burner/Player.

Special note: I did try re-recordable DVDs. (DVD+RW or DVD-RW) is a re-recordable format . The data on a re-recordable DVD/RW disc can be erased and recorded over numerous times.

I found these re-recordable DVDs very tempermental and just a hassle to use.

Audio blank CDs which are CD-R (negative) are the most common used for recording on to a blank CD.

Happy Recording!!!!!

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 12:23 AM

Re-Recordable DVD's are just Flash Drives with 4.7GB space and are very annoying..
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Posted 28 February 2009 - 05:40 AM

Rewritable DVDs and flash drives have nothing in common with each other than the fact that they have the capacity to store data. A flash drive is an electronic storage media where as DVDs are optical storage media. There is a huge difference in the technologies.

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 07:16 AM

"The brand of blank DVDs doesn't matter, they are all good quality."

Just no. You can search media here: http://www.videohelp.com/dvdmedia

As far as -R or +R, I like +R because I bitset the booktype to DVD-ROM. As far as data disks, flip a coin as both types will work fine.

Edited by dpunisher, 28 February 2009 - 07:24 AM.

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 08:11 AM

One of the problems the industry has with DVDs is oxidation, for this reason they chemically seal the disk, cheaper brands tend to have a less effective seal reducing the longevity of the disk considerably. I do a fair amount of burning and have had my share of coasters, but never with Verbatim or Taiyo Yuden, it's always been with cheaper media.

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 05:55 PM

One of the problems the industry has with DVDs is oxidation, for this reason they chemically seal the disk, cheaper brands tend to have a less effective seal reducing the longevity of the disk considerably. I do a fair amount of burning and have had my share of coasters, but never with Verbatim or Taiyo Yuden, it's always been with cheaper media.


As most people say;
There's a reason why brand name items are more expensive. They're much more dependable.

I use Sony, TDK, and Verbatim alot. They never fail me.

And as for Flash Drives and Re-Recordable DVD's, I meant that their purpose is identical. They have the same function for beginner users.
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