dvd-r and dvd-rw

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I'm not an expert on DVD's, but you can write anything to DVD-Rs that you can to DVD-RWs. However, I assume you realize that DVD-RWs are eraseable and reusable while DVD-Rs are not (which is why they sell them in large packs). DVD-Rs are far more stable, but can be written to only once. The end result of recording on a DVD-RW or DVD-R would be the same. . . BUT recording to a DVD-R is a one-time event. Take your pick.
 

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It depends on what you plan on doing with them. Keep in mind that DVD+R and DVD-R are more compatible with DVD players, especially older ones. Also, DVD+RW disks are not a pillar of reliability, so if you plan on long term data storage, that's not the format to pick.

I have a few DVVD+RW disks around, but I use DVD-R and DVD+R for long term storage and video DVD creation.
 
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I generaly buy DVD-RW i plan to keep the disk for myself. say as a backup disk.

but if i plan to give the disk away i will usualy use DVD-R
 

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RW disks should not be used for backing up data. They're not as reliable as -R disks.
 
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Thanks for the info.

Despite that i will probably still use DVD-RW for my document backup, And if i do find i need to use them and they are corrupt, i will have plenty more backups else where to do the job.

DVD-RW provide a cheap regular backup alternetive to HD's and Tapes.
 
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The best use I've found for DVD-RW's and CD-RW's is for testing purposes. If I'm having a problem burning something, I try it out on an RW until I get it to work, then burn it to an R.

It's a key part of my coaster reduction plan. :cool:
 

twizzie

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oo i c, sort of, anyway, i just got a dvd-r 50 pack today, my objective is to compress the movies, then fit em in there, thanks for the replies
 

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One thing to note is that the +R camp (who came later and were not part of the original group/spec decided to create their own group) chose to use the RW symbol on even their regular write once discs (morons). This has confused more than a few folks.





Note this is not a re-writable, the Alliance morons put this on all blanks.
 

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Niice. Same concept as CD-R and RW though. One can be written once and used indefinitely, whereas the other is a multisession disk, a reusable storage medium of sorts. Like a weird flash drive. Good idea with the "coaster-reduction." I may have to adopt that method someday.
 
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