DVD-R or DVD+R?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by vinay427, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. vinay427 macrumors 6502a

    vinay427

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    Hey,

    I just found some good Black Friday deals on DVD's and got some 50-packs of Staples brand DVDs. I didn't know which is better, so I just got both and decided to return the worse one. I have the Aluminum 1st Gen iMac (bought in September 2008) and the SuperDrive says it supports both. I heard mixed reviews so I wanted to ask here.

    The Disc Burning section of System Profiler:
    I plan to use them mostly for burning DVDs for use with a DVD player and for ISO burning (eg. OS's). Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    vinay427
     
  2. oculus42 macrumors 6502

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    DVD+R is a slightly more fault-tolerant format and very slightly less data (5 MB or so).
     
  3. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    i always burn video on -R as its cretified for dvd players , ok most but not all can read +R too but i dont take chances
     
  4. vinay427 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    vinay427

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    Thanks, that helps a lot!

    I use a PS3 as my DVD/Blu-ray player so I'm sure that can play =R. I'll go with the + then. Thanks a lot guys!
     
  5. Komiksulo macrumors 6502

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    Five years ago, this was an important issue, because some devices could only handle DVD+R and others could only handle DVD-R. Nowadays, pretty much all devices can handle both formats. If you have an existing device that can only handle one or the other, go with that format; other than that, it's a toss-up.
     
  6. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

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    +R is usually rated better as it supposed to
    burn better with less chance of errors.

    I switched from -R to +R though I don't
    know if I am getting better burns overall.

    What you need to be equally concerned
    with is brands. Some brands will not play
    on certain computers. Find a brand that
    works best for you and stick with it.
     

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