combo drive doesnt read dvd+r?

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  1. lazyboy922 macrumors 6502

    lazyboy922

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    I have a few data discs that i burned on my pc. My mac will not read them. I heard somewhere that the powerbook (it's a combo drive) will only read dvd-r's and not +r's. is this correct? I have some files that i would like to put onto my mac, and would like to know if i can just burn them on my pc and still be able to use them with my mac. I was also looking into the external lacie dual dvd+-rw drive for my mac that runs about $250. any input? thanks!
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    All Mac CD/DVD drives experience this problem due to lack of support in the Mac OS for DVD+(anything). There were some rumors previously of this situation changing with the release of Panther, but this appears to not be correct. What this means is that ALL DVD+(anything) discs will NOT work in ANY Mac until Apple adds support for these kinds of discs to Mac OS X. I can't help you on buying that DVD burner, though.
     
  3. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030

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    I'm not sure if Panther did have that feature or not. But, as wrldwzrd89 said, you need both a drive that supports it (don't think default powerbook drives do) and the OS software support.
     
  4. lazyboy922 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  5. lbodnar macrumors regular

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    I have put Sony DRU-510 DVD±RW drive in my eMac and now use DVD+RW exclusively. I burn and erase them right from the Finder.

    I did a test with iDVD version 2 (very old one) and it refused to create a DVD disk out of DVD+RW. However DVD-R was no problem. This must be Application-specific, and not related to OS support.

    I use Panther 10.3.2
     

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