Superdrive DVD-RW???

in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
As far as I can see the Superdrive in the new iMacs does not mention about being able to burn DVD-RW media. Is this true??

It mentions DVD-R, CD-R, but not DVD-RW!!

What's going on?


  • Reply 1 of 7
    As far as I know the superdrive in the new iMacs is the same one as in the PowerMacs. If this is the case, here is the reason. Apple doesn't support DVD-RW burning with their own software. Toast will however allow you to re-write to DVD-RW.

    So if you need DVD-RW functionality, just remember to budget $90 so that you can buy Toast.
  • Reply 2 of 7
    eugeneeugene Posts: 8,254member
    Apple's Disc Burner does support writing to DVD-RW.

    Don't want to spread FUD around...Even iDVD, which tries to not let you burn a DVD-RW video, can be fooled by first placing a DVD-R in the drive, then swapping it with a DVD-RW...
  • Reply 3 of 7
    Does iDVD allow rewriting?

    Does Disc Burner have support for multi-session burns?
  • Reply 4 of 7
    eugeneeugene Posts: 8,254member
    iDVD support rewriting? Uh...You can erase the disk in Disk Utility.

    Does Disc Burner support multisession burning for DVD-R/DVD-RW? No, it doesn't even support multisession CD-R/CD-RW.
  • Reply 5 of 7
    Is it DVD-R or DVD+R or both? Which format is most easily read by home DVD players?
  • Reply 6 of 7
    Straight from apple care document 42718

    "The SuperDrive can use DVD-RW discs but cannot use DVD+RW or DVD-RAM discs."
  • Reply 7 of 7
    [quote]Originally posted by j20056:

    <strong>Is it DVD-R or DVD+R or both? Which format is most easily read by home DVD players?</strong><hr></blockquote>

    DVD-R. Buy the Pioneer DVR-105 (raw) $249 or the DVR-A05U (retail box) $249. This is the next generation 4x DVD-RW drive that Apple will be putting into all their 2003 SuperDrive Macs. Steve will announce this during his January 7 keynote.

    [ 12-05-2002: Message edited by: Multimedia ]</p>
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