By Dantrag ยท 8 replies
Aug 3, 2003
  1. kan someone explain the differents between dvd+,-,ram
  2. JSR

    JSR Banned Posts: 592


    it's not ram........it's a recorder....or, dvd recordable medium
  3. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    Hehe - JSR, I believe Dantrag is asking for the differences between the three formats - I own all three.

    +R/RW has a higher compatibility rate on set top boxes than -
    You will find that a +R/RW usually won't play on any drive that can read/write a -RW except set top boxes.
    -R/RW has a lower compatibility rate on set top boxes and the discs usually won't read in anything that can read/write in +R/RW drives.
    The biggest exception to this is a DVD +/- R/RW drive - those that can burn both, of course, can read both. I think this is the way to go. (I don't have one of these, but my next drive will be)
    My DVD-RAM drive uses this funky cartridge thing - not sure if they are all that way or if mine is just that old. Also, the media is pretty expensive for these suckers.
    The media prices for +/- R/RW fluctuate constantly: sometimes + is more expensive and sometimes - is, but at least they are both constantly falling. Hope that helps.

  4. JSR

    JSR Banned Posts: 592

    thx, bro

    see what happens?............hey, i get to learn somethin'.........hehe ;)
    off the subject, papa........do you have a hunchback?............couldn't resist :D
  5. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,345   +13

    Papa, my DVD-Ram is not in a cartridge, it's just like a regular disc, except, in addition to being smooth and shiny, it also has spiral lines running from the center out. Kind of strange looking after seeing so many regular ones. Also, it feels like it's a little thicker than a regular one.
  6. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    LOL! No I don't JSR
    I know what you are getting at though
  7. JSR

    JSR Banned Posts: 592


    you look like tiger woods :grinthumb
    hehe......good thing........"rudy" ......was next;)
  8. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    Well guys - scratch all that stuff I said earlier about incompatibilities - I have since been able to read DVD-R discs in my DVD+RW drive and DVD+R discs in my DVD-RW drives... must've been the media I was using or something that was preventing me from being able to do so before. :)
  9. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 664

    Most DVD-RAM Discs come in cartridges, that is how they are able to have reuse cycles of 100,000 times, as the cartridge helps prevent damage caused by dust, and indeed the dvd writers spindle.

    I have just bought a new DVD writer (LG) and it is capable of doing all 5 formats -R/-RW/+R/+RW/RAM (Cartridge-less type only).

    The only problem seems to be media support, certain brands blatantly don't work, while others work but not at the rated speed.

    If only LG would bring out a new firmware once in a while :(
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