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Windows 7: DVD-R vs. DVD+R


24 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 
DVD-R vs. DVD+R

I always forget how this goes and finding an answer on the net is impossible. == Isn't the difference that DVD-R can be recorded on a PC and played in a DVD player, while a DVD+R can only be played in the PC that burned it? Thanks,

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24 Oct 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hi Jim, while I don't know the difference, I've played both type in a DVD player after burning on a PC. They virtually have no difference.
Here's a short missive on the subject.
http://www.askdavetaylor.com/whats_t...nd_dvdram.html
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25 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

if you have a + and - drive you can create and use discs from any drive. but if its either + or - your obviously limited to specific discs.

as far as differences in performance, i dont think they are noticeable. i buy either or type of disc and dont find any differences. + is supposed to write faster, but you never get max write speeds so again its not noticeable.
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25 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I use these disc types interchangeably...it really comes down to which ones are on sale when I need more media.
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25 Oct 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

It used to be that DVD players couldn't read DVD+R discs but that's not really true anymore since about 2004.
Basically '-' and '+' are two competing standards that never came down to one winner and one loser, but ended up coexisting instead.
The '+' format is technically slightly more advanced and robust (good for data writing), but in practice it won't really make a difference for most people.
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25 Oct 2011   #6
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
I use these disc types interchangeably...it really comes down to which ones are on sale when I need more media.
Me too, for several years PC burners have had the ability to burn nearly any writable disk on the market, DVD-RAM the exception although some burners handle them too.
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25 Oct 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Thanks to all of you for clearing this up for me. I don't burn a disk very often, but everytime I do for the DVD player I have to think if I should use the plus or the minus since I have both. From now on I will just grab one. One more thing I can forget about. Now that I have that space in my head, I guess I could try to learn something to fill it.
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25 Oct 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

True, Homer Simpson...."Marge when you learn something new your forget something cause you brain runs out of space. Remember when I took that course on beer-making, I forgot how to drive?"
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25 Oct 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
True, Homer Simpson...."Marge when you learn something new your forget something cause you brain runs out of space. Remember when I took that course on beer-making, I forgot how to drive?"
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25 Oct 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Also make sure to use good quality disks. Good guide here,

Blank DVD Media Quality Review – The Digital FAQ – Media Guides & Services
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