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    did any body invest in one of these dvd ram or dvd +-R/RW drives? which is a more popular format by the way?

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    Default dvd ram or dcd +-R/RW

    I supposed the market is heading towards dual format, ie +-R/RW. There are few drives in the market that supports +-R/RW, Sony, TDK, Pioneer. Either way, if you are purchasing for the purpose to archiving photos, it does not really matter which format.

    I had invested in the TDK dual format recently. So far so good

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    dvd-ram media are still very very expensive. it's more economical to get a dvd-+r/rw drive. you could choose one of the several the dual format drives or get a cheaper single format (+ or -) one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahbeng
    did any body invest in one of these dvd ram or dvd +-R/RW drives? which is a more popular format by the way?
    You should get a dual format drive that supports DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW. Forget about DVD-RAM, which is a format that is proprietary to Panasonic. A TDK dual format drive is around $370 in Sim Lim Square. Sony is more expensive, around $500.

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    Most drives are going to support the dual format. But I read somewhere that the DVD-R/RW is going to be the adopted standard.

    Thus try not to get the DVD+R/RW format.

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    uh-oh.... mine's a DVD+R/RW drive....
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    eh how much does a DVD cost roughly? cheaper if brought in bulk?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mapman
    Most drives are going to support the dual format. But I read somewhere that the DVD-R/RW is going to be the adopted standard.

    Thus try not to get the DVD+R/RW format.
    Debatable. Both are about the same functionally-wise. I don't see a reason why it has to be an either/or situation, particularly if there are DVD+-R/RW drives. I've written to DVD-R and DVD+R/W; both can be read by my DVD-ROM drive. Good enough.

    DVD-RAM is deprecated. Don't bother

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harrican
    eh how much does a DVD cost roughly? cheaper if brought in bulk?
    Around $3 per DVD-R (2x), <$10 per DVD+R/W. Both are Verbatim.

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    anyone know how long it takes to burn one DVD disc with the current standard writers?

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    think it's around half an hour for 2.4x.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpenza
    think it's around half an hour for 2.4x.
    On my 2x DVD-R media filled to the brim (like 400kb left ), it took around 33 mins

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    Hmm...not bad what half an hr for 4.7GB+...

    maybe i should get one ... $300+ did someone say? so cheap meh


    Quote Originally Posted by Watcher
    On my 2x DVD-R media filled to the brim (like 400kb left ), it took around 33 mins

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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123
    Hmm...not bad what half an hr for 4.7GB+...

    maybe i should get one ... $300+ did someone say? so cheap meh
    Yeah, $370 cash at SLS. That is why I bought it. Cleared out quite a bit of my HDs. Used up 10 disks already and more to go

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    BUY! BUY! BUY!

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    -RW is compatible only with same players or the player with which the DVD-RW disc was recorded on, isn't it?

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    I noticed from a perusal of the list at hardwarezone that for those dvd writers with dual format support, usually the -RW/-R speed is faster than the +RW...e.g. got a drive which is 4x -RW/-R but only 2.4X for +R/+RW

    the next qn would be...is there any catch? e.g. -R discs are more expensive etc.



    Quote Originally Posted by Watcher
    Yeah, $370 cash at SLS. That is why I bought it. Cleared out quite a bit of my HDs. Used up 10 disks already and more to go

    To do the usual stuff:



    BUY! BUY! BUY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ernest_ted
    I supposed the market is heading towards dual format, ie +-R/RW. There are few drives in the market that supports +-R/RW, Sony, TDK, Pioneer. Either way, if you are purchasing for the purpose to archiving photos, it does not really matter which format.

    I had invested in the TDK dual format recently. So far so good

    Cheers
    have you tried on other brands of media such as "melody"? is it a noisy drive?

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    Currently only used Imation disk. Cost abt $65 for 10. So far so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123
    I noticed from a perusal of the list at hardwarezone that for those dvd writers with dual format support, usually the -RW/-R speed is faster than the +RW...e.g. got a drive which is 4x -RW/-R but only 2.4X for +R/+RW

    the next qn would be...is there any catch? e.g. -R discs are more expensive etc.
    Because the "-" format is older (by 2 years, IIRC), thus, they are faster for the moment. The "+" format is catching up soon (supposedly). The "-" format again, due to its maturity, has cheaper media at the same speed. Visit SLS or Funan to check out the prices. The issue is the compatibility with existing DVD (home entertainment) drives that they want to support. Technically, they are quite different but for the users, not noticable (to me anyway).

    Note that I'm actually neutral to the standards. I just want them to work. Full stop.

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