DVD Storage Question....

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by davmail, Dec 9, 2003.

  1. davmail

    davmail Bike Pilot!

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    Hi, I am thinking of buying a DVD Burner, not to copy videos, but to store stuff, but, how much can you store on 1 DVD??700mb's or more????Thanks.
     
  2. Reg

    Reg eXperienced!

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    A standard single-sided DVD± can hold 4.7GB of data (4700MB). Double-sided discs hold that amount per side.
     
  3. davmail

    davmail Bike Pilot!

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    Thanks Reg!

    I'm gonna get one then!Cheers for quick reply.......
     
  4. Paparazzi

    Paparazzi Guest

    Does not the + & - matter when buying the reader, writer and again the DVD itself?

    Which is better or rather more popular? Can readers read both + & - ?

    Cheers
     
  5. maz4ruth

    maz4ruth Guest

    Recordable DVD's can hold approx 4.5GB of data.

    I personally prefer the "minus" type but with data I suppose it doesn't really matter.

    If you can't decide, get a drive that's capable of writing both!

    If you live in the UK buy a Pioneer DVR106 from http://www.scan.co.uk

    BARGAIN!

    :)
     
  6. Reg

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    Right now, there is currently no real difference. Any modern DVD player will play both + and - discs. In a sense, the - is more compatible with players, but the + has better data integrity and is faster. Either or, you should be good.
     
  7. jdn

    jdn I'm trying

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    What about dvd-ram for data?
    I believe it will access data much faster?
     
  8. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    Slightly OT - A warning

    Anyone reading this thread and buying a DVD drive - I would STRONGLY suggest you never contemplate burning the firmware unless you have the wherewithall and programmer to make a backup of the firmware chip. Chances are you'll reduce your drive to a very expensive paperweight (I know because I've done it!)

    So I just wanted to share that knowledge.... *sigh* :eek:
     
  9. Gus K

    Gus K NTFS abuser

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    Re: Slightly OT - A warning

    I've updated the firmware on everything I've owned (including my Sampo standalone player). With DVD burners (I'm on my second firmware update, waiting eagerly for the next) it's almost a necessity if you expect good performance and compatability with various 2X, 4X discs. It takes awhile to get the firmware right, a new model is basically using a glorified beta, waiting for complete reports from realworld use so various tweaks and adjustments can be made.