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The difference between DVD-R and DVD+R

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms, Hardware & Peripherals
 
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Q:
What is the difference between DVD-R and DVD+R?

A:
Short answer? Not much.

Anyone who was around twenty years ago might remember the battle between the two video tape formats: VHS (Victor Home System) and Betamax (Sony). Fast forward to the twenty-first century and we have a similar battle of the formats with DVD.

The disks are pretty much the same, but the writing process is different. DVD+R is a bit more advanced, but the disks often cost more than the older DVD-R format. DVD+R was also intended to be compatible with more DVD players, but in all reality there’s not much of a difference.

Another thing to consider is what format your DVD recording software works best in. I had a friend that couldn’t get his software to work and it turned out he needed to use DVD-R.

Good thing is that most modern DVD burners support both formats.

~David

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