can I have help?

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
I saw about DVD-RW and DVD+RW... WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE???? can someone explain me the difference and which one to choose and why?

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  • Reply 1 of 4
    groveratgroverat Posts: 10,872member
    You see, DVD-RW is "DVD" minus "RW" which means that the drive once had the ability to ReWrite but no longer does due to an act of God or terrorism.

    DVD+RW is just the opposite, it's "DVD" plus "RW" which means the drive has the added feature of being able to ReWrite.
  • Reply 2 of 4
    dont listen to that.

    groverat.. <img src="graemlins/nono.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" />

    anyway, moving to genius bar.
  • Reply 3 of 4
    eugeneeugene Posts: 8,254member
    DVD-RW is one of the competing standards developed by Pioneer. It probably represents the best compromise in compatibility, price and capacity. It's the format with the most new adoptees right now.

    DVD+RW is primarily developed by HP, with backing from Sony and Ricoh. It has lesser capacity, but better compatibility with older DVD players.

    However, Sony has been putting DVD-RW drives in its VAIO computers, so you can pretty much count out DVD+RW, barring some miracle.

    DVD-RAM still has its niche, as it's very usable for data. It works just like any other removeable disk. And the media is protected by a cartridge.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    ok, I start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. By the way, I know DVD-RAM and what i want to get would be something like DVD-RW (or DVD+RW... or both) combo with DVD-RAM on firewire interface from QPS.
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