December 4th, 2002, 12:04 AM #1
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DVD+ DVD+RW DVD+R DVD+RAM ARRRRG Help
Ok I think DVD+r and DVD+rw are the most popular right?
My question is if I get one that supports DVD+R and DVD+RW Am I safe for compatibility?
Also I want to get a USB 2.0 External is that ok you think?
Will it be fast enough? It will be used on a P3650Mhz 384MB ram
I just dont want to open up my desktop AGAIN for an upgrade, Besides I always use my laptop!!
I was thinking of buying one of those enclosures and getting a internal DVD writer and making my own External what do you think of that?
Whats a good brand of DVD burner?
December 4th, 2002, 12:09 AM #2
Sorry for the short post, but there are now drives which support both the competing formats (DVD+R/RW & DVD-R/RW).
There have been other threads on similar topics here, try doing a search for more info.
Sorry i'm strapped for time, gotta go
December 4th, 2002, 12:54 AM #3
Should be safe with DVD+RW. Both - and + are around 80% compatible. + is more comp. with newer DVD players.
DVD-RAM is really just removable media. True P-N-P in WinXP. No drivers/software, works just like a hard drive. NOT compatible with almost all players. There's a couple of home players that work with RAM, but high $.
And, there are new multi-write drives like metioned above that support more than one format.
Some good info here:
I believe the sony drives write both - and +.
The LG/Hitachi drives write - and RAM. (They are usually rebranded, so may not say hitachi or LG on them).
Last edited by fosin; December 4th, 2002 at 01:01 AM.
December 4th, 2002, 01:04 AM #4
HERE's one that is a Sony DRU500A. It's about the last DVD/CD drive you would ever need. It can write to DVD+R/DVD+RW, DVD-R/DVD-RW, and CD-R/CD-RW. It's about $325
Talk about format options!!
Or, if you just want a single format drive, I would suggest a - (dash) DVD burner.
Here's what Maximum PC said about it,
"There are two DVD burning specs currently vying for leadership, DVD-RW and DVD+RW. We considered putting DVD+RW in Dream Machine 2002 for about three nanoseconds. Not only does "dash" media cost less than "plus" media ($1 vs. $6-$7), -RW discs also offer far greater compatibilty with set-top DVD players. This means that DVD movies cut on DVD-RW burners are much more likely to play on Grandma's creaky, first-generation DVD player. So choosing DVD-RW was the natural choice, and that meant using Pionner's DVR-A04."
HERE's the link for the Pioneer DVR-A04. It's the best "dash" drive out there.
edit: fixed first link...
Last edited by davidamarkley; December 4th, 2002 at 01:25 AM.
December 4th, 2002, 01:14 AM #5
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The current drive of choice,referenced above, is the Sony DRU-500A. It burns both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW at 4x speeds.
Also supports 24x CD-R/RW. This is the highest speed that I've seen in this type of drive, and it can be currently be had on-line for about $320 for an internal IDE drive. This should be a simple install inside your case.
I got a great deal on a DVD-R as my first burner. Besides price, I
went with DVD-R because all of my objective research said that
DVD-R was slightly more compatible w/home DVD players. Now
I'm hearing that DVD+R are slightly more compatible(?) 4x media
is now becoming available, as well.
But as far as I know, that Sony drive is only available as an internal unit. You should have a fast CPU,(the faster the better).
Can't answer the USB 2.0 issue - that's 60 MB/sec (theoretical) ; don't know if that's continuous or burst transfer rate, or if you
can enable DMA using USB - I would assume so.
Hope this helps a little. . .
(Mine is a Cendyne, which is a repackaged Pioneer DVR-104). Not sure what the difference is between a DVR-A04 and DVR-104?
Last edited by bill1971; December 4th, 2002 at 01:20 AM.
December 4th, 2002, 01:19 AM #6
I agree with Bill.
I've always heard that DVD-RW was the more compatable format with more set-top boxes. Have to get back with you on this one.
You could get the sony and also get an external USB 2.0 enclosure. It should work fine for burning DVDs because I believe the ATAPI drives connect at DMA/33 so that is only about half of the theoretical bandwidth of USB 2.0.
December 4th, 2002, 01:28 AM #7
HERE's a page that talks about the different format's compatibility.
Here is an exerpt from their site:
If you want to author DVDs, and need to be as compatible as possible with any DVD players that you might want to play them on, then go ahead with DVD-R. It works, and it will continue to work in the future. With the existing momentum, prices should remain stable and the format will not be obsolete tomorrow.
If you have the money, I would go with the Sony DRU500A. It supports both formats, plus it writes cd's at 24x.
It's just a great drive!!
Let us know what you think!
(what do you know... That's 300 posts!)
December 4th, 2002, 10:10 AM #8Originally posted by davidamarkley
...This means that DVD movies cut on DVD-RW burners are much more likely to play on Grandma's creaky, first-generation DVD player...[B]
December 6th, 2002, 07:31 PM #9
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Thank you all for your replys.
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