DVD+RW Drive

Everybody knows what a DVD is, but not everybody is familiar with how DVD’s work, and the different devices that play and create them. A DVD+RW drive is a device that can read, write and rewrite DVD drives. There are several different kinds of DVD’s and DVD drives, including but not limited to DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW and DVD+RW, which this article will focus on. However, it’s important to note the other DVD formats to understand what makes DVD+RW different from the others, and whether a DVD+RW drive is worth investing in. DVD technology has been shifting since it was developed, but as DVD’s continue to dominate our movie formats, the different technologies have mostly settled into a few main groups.

There are three main groupings of DVD types: DVD “plus (+)”, DVD “minus (-)” and DVD-RAM. It’s natural to think that the DVD+ family is superior to the other two groups in quality, but in actuality, DVD-RAM is a superior method of storage in most ways – DVD-RAM discs last longer and can be rewritten more times. However, they are more expensive, and not many DVD players are compatible with them, so they aren’t used very often. There isn’t much actual difference between DVD+ and DVD-, at least not more than can be seen by the normal consumer. The major distinctions between the two formats are that DVD+ discs and drives write faster and cost more.

When looking at DVD drives, the most important thing to look for is the letters that come after “DVD” rather than the +/- sign. Specifically, it’s important to know whether you have a DVD+R or a DVD+RW drive. A DVD+R drive can read and write DVD+R or DVD+RW discs. A DVD+RW drive can perform both of those functions, but can also rewrite DVD+RW discs up to a thousand times. This is a huge advantage over DVD+R when it comes to storage, because it allows the user to use a DVD in the same way as a USB drive or floppy disk.

However, a DVD+RW disk won’t be read by as many DVD players, especially if the DVD has been kept open to allow you to keep rewriting. Most DVD players require that the DVD be formatted properly in order to play movies, and this will prevent the DVD from being rewritten. In essence, this means that DVD+RW has some significant advantages in storage keeping, but that those advantages might not be enough to justify spending extra money to buy a DVD+RW drive if you aren’t going to use DVD’s for storage.

If you have decided that you want a RW DVD drive, then the “plus” vs. “minus” debate is worth revisiting. As noted earlier, DVD+RW drives do have some small advantages over DVD-RW drives. However, DVD- formatting is accepted by more DVD players and drives. If you write a lot of DVD’s, whether to use plus or minus format will depend on whether your DVD player can read + format. If it can’t, then the advantage of writing faster is pretty much wasted. The main advantage of + formatting is the writing speed, so again, the question is whether you plan on using it for storage.

However, all of this may be a moot point. It’s possible to buy a DVD drive that can play both formats successfully. These won’t cost much more, and can completely avoid the question of which format of drive you would like to buy. However, even if the drive can read and write both formats, DVD disks cannot. You’ll need to know which format of DVD you want before you buy the disks, because a drive that writes both formats will just write in the disk’s format. Also, DVD- format disks are incompatible with DVD+RW drives, and vice versa, so it’s important to know which kind of drive and disk you have before buying.

This DVD+RW Drive Review is Written/Updated on Dec 25th, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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