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Old 09-13-2007, 12:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default I need a DVD drive...

I'm finally gonna have to break down and get a DVD drive. I might as well get a CD/DVD burner.

Can anyone explain to me what DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-R, and DVD-RW mean?

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DVD+/-RW are rewritable. So you can write or burn, and you can erase. While the DVD+/-R, you cannot rewrite.

As for the minus and plus sign. From what I see, the + is compatible with the newer DVD players and such. While the - is compatible with more DVD players, with older DVD player models.
The + though, is less prone to errors and interference during the burning process. And the + is more accurate for high speed.

I would suggest this DVD burner:
Newegg.com - Sony NEC Optiarc Black 18X DVD+R 6X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 18X DVD±R DVD Burner, OEM Version - OEM

I have this one, and it works great. Not a single problem. And it's SATA.
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Default Re: I need a DVD drive...

just differrent formats. Just get dual format drive and you can burn to any type of disk. If you want to do dual layer disks then get a dual layer dual formal drive. I have noticed that some dvd players (for your tv) prefer a - or + format so it is nice to be able to burn in both formats.
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Default Re: I need a DVD drive...

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DVD+/-RW are rewritable. So you can write or burn, and you can erase. While the DVD+/-R, you cannot rewrite.

As for the minus and plus sign. From what I see, the + is compatible with the newer DVD players and such. While the - is compatible with more DVD players, with older DVD player models.
The + though, is less prone to errors and interference during the burning process. And the + is more accurate for high speed.

I would suggest this DVD burner:
Newegg.com - Sony NEC Optiarc Black 18X DVD+R 6X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 18X DVD±R DVD Burner, OEM Version - OEM

I have this one, and it works great. Not a single problem. And it's SATA.
I was looking at this one: Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write - OEM

Which one is better? It's the same price.

EDIT: By the way do you have any problems booting from CD's/DVD's, with it being SATA?
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Default Re: I need a DVD drive...

Any good brand DVD burner will do. Such as Sony NEC Optiarc, Samsung, Pioneer, Lite-On, LG...

There is no problems at all, with the DVD burner being SATA, in terms of booting with it.
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