Using DVDs for iTunes backup

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  1. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    Hi,

    I want to use DVDs to backup my Itunes library, but there are so many different formats of recordable DVDs available and I don't know which would be compatible and/or best for this purpose?

    DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R & DVD+RW? Help! ( ;) )

    (My iMac is a G5 with a Superdrive).

    Thanks, Andrew.
     
  2. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    Well, it depends.

    Myself, I use used DVD-R because I was getting them 50 at a time quite cheap, so I just updated my backup every 6 months and threw the old one away. However, if you were to get DVD-RW you'll be able to erase the disc and write on it again. These are more expensive, but worth it depending on how often you want to backup.

    As for + vs - for your purpose it shouldn't make a lot of difference, I myself have never know of a difference, especially these days because most stuff should read all of them.
     
  3. BoyBach thread starter macrumors 68040

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  4. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    Anytime. :)
     
  5. Piepz macrumors member

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    DVD-R holds in about 4.3 GB of files.
    DVD+R holds in about 4.7 GB of files.

    But very old DVD readers can't read DVD+R..
     
  6. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    i'm not so sure that this information is correct. especially the last comment.
    i could be wrong, but i thought it was DVD+R that was compatible with more dvd players....

    anyways, to the OP, i say get whatever is cheapest. i wouldn't go the DVDRW route either
     
  7. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    Is there a specific way of backing up an iTunes library? or should I just throw everything in my music folder in Toast?
     
  8. BoyBach thread starter macrumors 68040

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    In iTunes there's an option under the 'File menu' to backup your music library.
     
  9. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    Personally, I like to do it the old fashioned way, I just copy the iTunes Music folder (To a HDD now, but before to a DVD)
     
  10. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    If my library is bigger than a DVD, is there a way to back up to multiple dvds?
    (I'm not on my mac right now, and this PC doens't have iTunes)
     
  11. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    I would say there will be, yeah.
     
  12. Piepz macrumors member

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    Nah, it's vice versa. DVD+R is newer format, so some old DVD readers may not read it.
    Check wiki about DVD+R
     
  13. balamw Moderator

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    iTunes will prompt you for additional discs should they be required.

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  14. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    why not? for backup purposes the computer burning the disc will be able to read that disc. i would do dvdrw personally
     
  15. balamw Moderator

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    You can only write to RW discs at 4X, while +/-R discs can be burned twice as fast. For a big library this will make a huge difference on whether you back up or not.

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