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What's the difference between DVD-R and DVD+R

Discussion in 'DVD±R media' started by Darkhadou, Jan 1, 2005.

  1. Darkhadou

    Darkhadou Regular member

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    To me,apart from the price, it seems that DVD-R is only single session (I don't know what that means, someone please explain) and the DVD+R are multisession.
    My Newbie explanation to this is that DVD-R doesn't let you copy the content on the DVD and DVD+R let's you copy as much as you want.
    I tested this using Imation DVD-R for my PS2 and Movie backups and i wanted to make an extra copy and it wouldn't let me.
    I then used the same brand but DVD+R and it copied with no fuss.
    BTW my dvd burner is a Sony DW-D22A and I used Nero to burn (and try to burn) the images.
    Someone please give me even a half descent explanation, I know it sounds complicated but a lot of thanks for any replies in advance.
     
  2. saugmon

    saugmon Senior member

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    Normally, the + and - has very little difference. The stand alones are what are usually going to play them. There are certain standalones that may play the +,- ,
    both or none.

    You said the imation + would play and the imation - wouldn't,from what I could understand. It sounds like you are making backups from a backup.

    Most brand of media are made by numerous manufactures. Lets take maxell as an example, the - maxell's i used are mxlrg-02,made in japan. The same identically package maxell in the + format, are made by ricohjpn. There is a bit of quality level between both of these manufacturers using the maxell brand name,but nothing major. I tried some + and - teon 8x's. The + were ricohjpn01 while the - were c-magnetics,cmags for short. This is a huge quality difference. If I backed up a movie on the cmags and used nero to rip it,it probably wouldn't work.

    You have a quality burner and burning both formats is an asset.

    Here's a handy program to have to find out what manufacturer made those blanks:

    http://www.dvdinfopro.com


    Use this digialfaq web site to get you close to how those blanks rate: http://digitalfaq.com/media/dvdmedia.htm

    Here are just a few things poor media can do,there are probably many others as well: burn errors,longevity,re ripping those backups to copy again, and most of all: Compatability on standalones-freezing,pixelling,skipping,jumping.

    There should be not much of a price difference between high quality and cheap. I can get High quality media for 25 pack for under $10.00. For the amount of time I would save trying to reburn those backups and finding out my errors were from media after checking everything else,well worth it,just my opinion though .

    If this didn't answer your question,come on back and be more specific on how you are burning,programs being used, and media codes.
     
  3. Darkhadou

    Darkhadou Regular member

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    Thanks saugmon I know what I wanted to now. BTW I was copying backup's to make more backup's. I'm gonna go try out the Maxell's to check the performance and all.
     
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    They had them on sale at office max if you are here in the usa. Spindle of 25 for $10.00. Also on their web site,but they were out of the - .I can always find great quality media for 40 cents apiece at max.

    The better media will copy from other copies better,from what I have learned. I usually make My original backup on mitsubishi verbatim +8x,then copy from that if I need to.

    Later
     

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