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What type of format to buy??? Familiarity with Iomega Hotburn??

Discussion in 'DVDR' started by dvdnewb45, Jan 5, 2004.

  1. dvdnewb45

    dvdnewb45 Member

    Jan 3, 2004
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    I recently bought the external Iomega Super DVD Writer and I really do not know what I am doing......if only it was as easy as dragging songs and burning an audio cd lol. Anyway, I have some full movie files on my laptop but I can only keep a few because I do not have a large amount of memory and the files eat it up. I'm looking to burn the movies onto dvds. I've searched the forums and I believe I've found the guides I need to do this, but what type of blank dvd would I have to buy?? It says the writer I have will automatically judge what type to use but I do not know what type to buy. Anyone know what I should do?? Also if anyone is familiar with Iomega Hotburn and has burned a movie from their computer to a dvd with this program, can you give me a little help? Thanks
  2. Yuriv

    Yuriv Regular member

    Apr 10, 2003
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    Relax...it takes a while to catch on to the whole DVD back-up game, but its a cinch once you master the basics.

    I did a search on the Internet and found that your drive is dual format, meaning that it can handle both +R/RW and -R/RW. Thus, you are right in that the DVD drive will automatically write to whichever format of media you buy.

    That being said, there are a few things to consider:
    1) DVD-R media is cheaper than +R media, and is more widely supported than +R
    2) Whatever you do, do not buy the cheapest brand of disc that you can find. Very cheap media is the cause of a lot of erors when writing DVDs.

    My advice, head out and pick up some DVD-R blanks made by a respectable manufacturer such as Ritek.

    Good luck...

    P.S. I don't know what software you decided to use for backing up, but here's alink to a guide for DVDShrink, a free and easyto use backup utility for fitting DVD9 onto DVD-5.

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