I got an NEC DVD+R with my new PC (Pentium 4 with Hyper Threading 3.0 GHz, 512MB RAM, 120GB S-ATA drive ... woooo hoooooooo), but haven't used it to burn any DVDs yet. But burning CD-Rs with it is pretty fast ....
Originally posted by Avatar mpenza, I suggest you wait a little while more for TDK's model, they seems to be up to some kind of promotional thingy in the upcoming IT show. I believe it will be much cheaper than what we expect
Here are some examples of what DVD+R/+RW can do what DVD-R/-RW can't.
Lossless linking/sector replacement
Imagine now a DVD+RW can function like a floppy disc, lossless linking means that the drive can re-write any individual sectors with new data and yet fully compatible with any other drives. Therefore instead of re-writing the entire disc like DVD-RW, you can now update the data in the DVD+RW just like a floppy disc within seconds.
DVD+RW Video Recording support
As known as DVD+RW, this format allows you to re-edit any part of the video quickly without rewriting the entire disc.
This prevent reading error which will hang your players. This is a features which is not found in DVD-RW.
Addressing support during recording
This allows the writer to "track" the exact position where the writing process was interrupted, so that writing can be continued from that position.
Faster writing speed
In the past, DVD-R/-RW can write/rewrite @ 1x or write @ 2x with certified 2x media. However with DVD+R/+RW, you can now write @ 4x and re-write @ 2.4x. This will greatly cut down the burning time required.
One media type for all applications
Any DVD+R/+RW media can be used for different applications and purposes. You don?t have to get a media which is specially for copy protection or video recording.
The drive will format the lead-in area automatically when you insert a DVD+RW media, then it will format the rest of the disc when there is no reading/writing operation. As a results, you can start burning to the DVD+RW without formatting the whole disc manually. In addition, background formatting will be interrupted when you take out the disc and yet it will still retain compatibility with any DVD players. Formatting will be continued when you insert the DVD+RW again.
Thanks to lossless linking, you can now use a DVD+RW disc like a floppy disc without installing any software application. However you will need an OS that support Mount-Rainier.
CAV & CLV writing
CAV support gives you the fastest writing speed while CLV gives you best quality as the burning speed is constant across the entire disc.
See here for more info on DVD+R/RW and here for the comparison between DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW. DVD-R/RW is an older format pioneered by Pioneer, and DVD+R/RW is a newer format supported by many companies. Best bet now is DVD+R/RW.