View Full Version : What's the difference between DVD-RW and DVD+R/RW

Sep 18, 2003, 09:55 AM
I see these terms tossed around... they aren't the same, right?

Sep 18, 2003, 09:59 AM
Oh, I think I found it out.

Direct editing of DVDs on DVD+RW? So edits can be made without rewriting the disc? That's pretty cool...

Sep 18, 2003, 10:28 AM
I never heard of anything like that before.


Sep 18, 2003, 10:31 AM
From Here (http://www.dvdrw.com/why/customer-benefits.htm)

"DVD+RW offers direct editing on disc, background formatting so you don't have to wait before you can use the disc, built-in defect management, multi-session writing, and other unique recording features. DVD+R/+RW uses the same disc for both video and data. You can share recordings between your home electronics and computer equipment, add new recordings or even edit directly on the same disc."

Sep 18, 2003, 10:37 AM

That's the first that I have ever heard about that feature and it would be interesting to find out how true that statement is. I'm not saing that they are liars, just that bending the truth is quite easy and what they are describing sounds very complicated.

I also like how they say that DVD+R/+RW compatibility is a major strength. Last time I checked, a lot more players could play DVD-R discs.


Sep 18, 2003, 10:38 AM
Yes I'm a bit skeptical of that, too.

What did you know about +RW before?

Sep 18, 2003, 10:44 AM
Not that much. From what I've heard from external sources, outside of the DVD+R/RW Klan, most people have said that the only "feature" DVD+R/RW has is some incompatibility with home DVD players. I've always used -R and I have never had a problem.

I could be wrong, but I think DVD+ is a little cheaper, but not by much.


Sep 18, 2003, 11:12 AM
more about this, specific to the Mac here (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=27303)

Sep 18, 2003, 03:29 PM
there are currently 8X DVD+R burners, but not -R. So far I've had no incompatibilities with +R. The real standard for drives is to support both.