DVD+R/DVD+RW and DVD-R/DVD-RW Whats the difference?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by adamg, Apr 11, 2003.

  1. adamg

    adamg Guest

    what is the different, if any, between dvd+r(w) and dvd-r(w)?
  2. Indomidable

    Indomidable Guest

    Well there is DVD-R (Cheaper)
    Then theire is DVD+R (More features, more expensive)
    It's like the diffrence in FAT vs FAT32
    Then there is DVD-RAM (More of a HDD/Backup type of Format)
    And its competition DVD-R/W (Playable in Most DVD players)

    This site will help you understand the diffrences!


    You can always check the price of the media, and burners too.
  3. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

    Sacramento, CA
    so, can DVD+R read and write the DVD-R format? or at least read? and which one of those two can be used in home dvd players?
  4. RogerPhillis

    RogerPhillis Guest

    More DVD players have been produced to play DVD-R but newer ones are coming in to play +R discs.

    Rumour is that +R/RW will become the standard.

    Its a pity that they cannot be produced on double layer basis like
    DVD RAM discs to store 9.4GB instead of 4.7GB.

    +R/RW systems are also far better than -DVD R/RW for "packet writing" ie "Drag and "Drop" file copying ,as in Floppy discs.

    If you have £250 to £300 try Sony DVD writers that take either format.
  5. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    +R(W), -R(W) and -RAM are not compatible in any way. Not reading, not writing. There are however drives that can burn (and read) both +R(W) and -R(W).

    +R(W) is the better standard IMO, and hopefully it will become the global standard. It's even likely since MS has now chosen side and gone for +R(W).
  6. Howling Wolf

    Howling Wolf We did not deserve this !

    Amongst the Native Ones
    I have a quite old Toshiba 6x dvd drive (pc), it's still playing my cd's and dvd's flawlessly, but I wonder if it could read a dvd-r or dvd+r (and then dvd-rw or dvd+rw) ?

    No problem so far with cd-rw (high speed)....