There was an old thread here, but I didn't want to bump an old thread, so I'll ask again if you all don't mind. I'm confused on the standards. The whole -/+ thing.... So let me start by telling what exactly I want to do. The main purpose of the drive would be backing up. I have a rillion mps3 that I usually just rotate around my harddrives as I do a routine reformat. I collect too much stuff so I like to wipe off the harddrives every couple of weeks. In doing this I lose alot of my games ( maps/patches/configs) so I would want to burn them all to a DVD so reinstalling can be simplified. There is also an occasional movie here and there that I seem to "aquire" that would be kinda cool to actually watch through the DVD player ( TV). So I need a drive that would be compatable with external players. Is there an "All purpose" burner? What exactly does -r and +r mean? How is the compatability of the media between other systems? Meaning can I burn backups of files and transfer them successfully to another system using a different DVD drive? What is a comon format, being that I am also a student, and I used CD-Rs now to carry files to and from school, I still would need something to do this. For those of you that use DVD burners, can you suggest some models? And kinda shortly tell me why you like/dislike? Also, DVD playback: The DVD player I have now still has problems with newer DVDs, meaning I put them in and I can't watch them. My DVD drive is a good four years old, so I need to upgrade anyway. Suggestions? Thanks.