DVD+ and DVD -

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  1. jlewis2k1 macrumors 6502a

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    ok i have done some searching on the web and I am finding many different answers. What is the main difference between DVD+ and DVD-? I am getting this question a lot from my guests at Target and no one seems to know the answer.
     
  2. Fleetwood Mac macrumors 65816

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    There is virtually no difference. The standards were created by two different companies. DVD- is generally more compatable.

    That's the skinny.
     
  3. alexstein macrumors 6502a

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    Just two different standards that's all. Most players and burners can utilize both media types.

    I prefer DVD- since I have an older DVD player that does not like the DVD+ type.
     
  4. After G macrumors 68000

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    I've read + is better for data integrity and - is better for compatibility with older players.
     
  5. jlewis2k1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks for the response guys. another thing some were saying was + meant mulitple layers which allow would allow more data and - means a single layer. is this true or no?
     
  6. Texas04 macrumors 6502a

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    uh its definitely not true.. :cool:
     
  7. jlewis2k1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    again thanks ... see i can trust my fellow macrumors guys for help :-D. i have to admit that everyone has be extremely helpful to not just me but to everyone here.
     
  8. alexstein macrumors 6502a

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    No, not true. That's why you can buy DL DVD's they hold about 8.5GB.
     
  9. steamboat26 macrumors 65816

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    Stupid Question

    Do most DVD players play dual layer disks?
     
  10. NJuul macrumors 6502

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    Yes, commercial DVDs are all dual layer. That's why you have to shrink a ripped movie if you only burn to single layer disks.
     
  11. Xavier macrumors 68020

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    Sorry for bring an old thread back from the dead, but I didn't want to start a new topic.

    Do older macs such as my Dual 1ghz MDD read DVD +R? I have a stack just sitting around that I found and would like to use. (it doesn't show when I put it in the drive)


    superdrive btw
     
  12. amoda macrumors 6502a

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    According to this source, which seems trustworthy, your MDD should be able to read DVD+ and -.

    To quote the site:

    Apple reported that the 2X DVD-R/CD-RW SuperDrive "writes DVD-R at 2X, reads DVDs at 6X, writes CD-R at 8X, writes CD-RW at 4X, and reads CDs at 24X".

    So it can read both types of DVD's but only write DVD-.
     
  13. Xavier macrumors 68020

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    That makes sense then..

    A little disappointing, but I'll live. Thanks
     

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