Should I use DVD+R or DVD-R for MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by pMay, Jun 9, 2007.

  1. pMay macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2007

    Should I use DVD+R or DVD-R media with the SR MacBook Pro?
    Which are more reliable?

  2. StayingOccupied macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2007
    Depends what youre using it for. Both are pretty much the same. +R is slightly more supported by home dvd players.
  3. benlee macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2007
    I thought -R was more supported? Could be wrong. I always us -R and never had a problem.
  4. StayingOccupied macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2007
    its gotten to the point where theyre both pretty much even. When it first came out +R was industry standard, even though -R was more available to consumers.
  5. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    I always use -R in my iMac and BlackBook. It doesn't really matter, because nearly all DVD players support both types.
  6. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    -R is slightly more compatible with home players-not sure where others got the opposite impression. Probably from +R propaganda. The point is virtually moot though, as any remotely recent player should handle both, and really old ones wont' handle either.

    I use +R for most things because that's all my desktop burner supports.
  7. mainomega macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    +R has better error correction than -R. But the BIG advantage of +R is that it can be burned and bitset to dvd-rom making it playable in 'all' dvd playes.
  8. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    Not all. Older players can't physically read it.
  9. daisu macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2007
    Flushing, Queens
    In my basic Media Studies class they forced all the students to use -R media (and even claimed that the only burnable dvds that could be recorded in their Mac machines were -R media)

    I think they were just concerned with compatibility with dvd players.
  10. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    the point is to go with reliable media manufacturers in the first place (e.g. taiyo yuden, sony, verbatim), the difference between + and - is almost moot, particularly the newer the hardware (however a slight exception for standalone devices...).
  11. aliquis- macrumors 6502a

    May 20, 2007
    Almost everything have already been said, but to conclude it:

    1) DVD-R is the most compatible, and have always been, but the difference is very small and if you have any recent player it will probably accept both formats.

    2) DVD+R is teoretically better, and probably in real life to. It's tracking of the laser is better and the error correction makes DVD+RW more reliable (not sure if it's better for DVD+R to or only DVD+RW compared to DVD-RW).

    3) For media which isn't **** look for Taiyo Yuden either unbranded or under whatever brand, for example Verbatim, or get Verbatim MCC 004s (16x DVD+R) if you want since those are also good, cheap and easier to find. Many store might not spec what kinds of discs it really is, in that case you can buy them and look yourself or find a better store. Taiyo Yuden DVD-R discs are named TYG02 and TYG03 for 8 and 16x, their DVD+R are YUDENT002 and YUDENT003 for 8x and 16x, the 8x discs are considered better so the best non EMC (?) gold archival disc you can get go for 8x dvd+r taiyo yudens.

    SVP in UK sells them.
    Americans order from Rima.

    Probably many more does aswell, it's just that I don't know who. Here in sweden Dustin and some more company, maybe it was wesellcd sells the Taiyo Yudens to, but they are like 4 times more than from SVP in uk so I order from SVP.

    For more information about differences of formats, discs and what works best in this and that driver visit cdfreaks and cdrinfo.

    I have no idea what works best with the macbook pro thought, i guess the drive can be less good than the best regular drives.

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