DVD -R or DVD +R for backing up data?

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  1. bluetooth macrumors 6502a

    bluetooth

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    I would like to purchase a few DVD's (4.7GB) to back up data on my HD. I see there is DVD -R and DVD +R, what is the difference? Which should I choose for backing up data?

    My drive is compatible with both, so does it matter which one I use?

    My drive specs: DVD-Write: -R, -RAM, -RW, +R, +RW, +R DL

    http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&sku_id=0665000FS10041628&catid=#

    OR

    http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&sku_id=0665000FS10041984&catid=

    thanks!
     
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Basically no, it doesn't matter. -R is theoretically a little more compatible with set-top DVD players, and in the past Apple had much better support for -R than +R, but practically at this point I don't think it matters at all.

    I tend to buy -R, but the price is usually the same so I just go with what I've been using.
     
  3. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    get some double layer (DL) discs as it says your burner is capable. it's like having 2 discs in one so you won't need as many. but they do cost a little more.
     
  4. webgoat macrumors 6502a

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  5. eetu macrumors member

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    Lately I prefer to buy an external hard disk for backing up data. I download lots of live shows in flac format and I find more advantages in storing the data in hard disks. Faster and easier to play.
     
  6. bluetooth thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks all for the info...can I ask what external HD you use? I have heard horror stories from a lot people with these crashing etc.

    I will look into the DL discs as well.
     

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