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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-24-2007, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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DVD+R vs. DVD-R

What's the real difference here and how do I know what to use? Recently I tried to... erm... backup a PS2 game that I already owned. On a DVD-R it wouldn't work, with a DVD+R it worked just fine. I've made legal backups of other PS2 games in the past on DVD-R's without issue. So why was this different? Was the original on a +R or something? If that's the case, how do I determine this in advance?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-24-2007, 05:25 PM
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The only difference that I know of is compatibility, most newer dvd players will play everything.... some of the older ones will only play certain types.

For example the dvd player I have in the house plays everything... but the one in my wifes Tahoe only plays DVD- Single Layer... so I have to strip the garbage off the dvd's and then burn them to dvd-.

I'm sure there is more to it that others can add but that is my experience.



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Here is a good article...

http://www.proactionmedia.com/dvd_media_formats.htm

There are many articles online, but a lot of them are giving wrong information. DVD-R is pronounced "dash R" not "minus R".

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Just a side note to dvd player compatibility....also depends on the burner. I can burn a dvd (+r) on the drive in my laptop and it wont play on my older dvd player (the newer one plays it fine). However I can burn the same content on the same +r disc in my external Iomega burner, and it plays in all my dvd players. So go figure.


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Disc quality has a lot to do with it also


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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-27-2007, 04:06 PM
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disc quality is the most important, as mayo said.
+r or -r does not matter in 99% of the drives out there. I almost always use -R because I've never had issue with it, but have used +R as well without issue.
I did have issue when buying cheap, crappy discs of either variety.


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I've been using Philips or Sony media. It just seems like it depends a lot of the time on what you're trying to copy. I've since copied a few different games on -r's and have had no issue. ANyway... thanks for the info


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