Can Macs read DVD+R discs?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by acj, Apr 4, 2003.

  1. acj
    macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2003
    There has been another thread about this but no one who had actual experience answered, and most didn't understand that DVD+R is different than DVD-R.

    Here's my question: Can Macs READ DVD+R discs, as opposed to DVD-R?

    Mac Superdrives only WRITE DVD-R (Note the "-"). But can they READ DVD+R (Note the "+") discs? How about combo drives?

    Thanks in advance
  2. acj
    thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2003
    Doesn't work on a superdrive

    Apparantly no one cares, but I've answered part of the question myself. I found someone with a Mac with a superdrive, and it does not work. I work for a professional photographer and we use PC's for photoshop (speed reasons).
    A single shoot often produces 5-10 Gigs of photos, so CD's are out of the question. The PC Superdrive we purchased for $200 is the DVD+R type. The discs read on my PC Combo Drive no problem, so does anyone know if they work on a Mac Combo drive? My Mac only has a CD burner.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2002
    it should

    work. i would imagine, tho i cant test cause i dont have any dvd+r burned discs handy. im under the impression that any dvd, once burnt, should read on any dvd reader. its just what kind of media one may write to (-r, +r, etc)

    to i have been known to be wrong about things once or twice.

    i would not imagine any dvd media would read on just a cd-rom drive.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2002
    From what I remember reading about DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW, data written on DVD+R will not work on DVD-R drive, because DVD-R writes data like larger capacity CD-R (something about sequential write) whereas DVD+R writes data like a floppy (random access write).

    However, DVD movie written on DVD+R might be a different story, as DVD+R/RW forum claims DVD video written on DVD+R/RW will work on large number of DVD players out there.
  5. bfj
    macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2002
    i don't have any +r data discs lying around, but my superdrive imac wouldn't read a +r video disc, it keeps trying to access it, but never does...

    hope this helps
  6. acj
    thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2003

    Yep this helps a lot. Thanks! Bummer though, we should have bought the Sony drive that burns both + and - type discs, or just something that was a DVD-R drive for cross platform compatibility.

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