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    Default afraid to change of media.... dvd+r to dvd-r....

    whats the difference between the 2. Im asking because the store i get my discs from ran out of the dvd+r and have plenty of dvd-r... is there a reason for that... is one kind generally played in most players than the other?, whats the deal?...

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    I would search the Forum on this one, there is lots of information out there.


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    DVD-R and DVD-RW
    DVD-R was the first DVD recording format released that was compatible with standalone DVD Players.
    DVD-R is a non-rewriteable format and it is compatible with about 93% of all DVD Players and most DVD-ROMs.
    DVD-RW is a rewriteable format and it is compatible with about 80% of all DVD Players and most DVD-ROMs.
    DVD-R and DVD-RW supports single side 4.37 computer GB* DVDs(called DVD-5) and double sided 8.75 computer GB* DVDs(called DVD-10).
    These formats are supported by DVDForum.

    DVD+R and DVD+RW
    DVD+R is a non-rewritable format and it is compatible with about 89% of all DVD Players and most DVD-ROMs.
    DVD+RW is a rewritable format and is compatible with about 79% of all DVD Players and most DVD-ROMs.
    DVD+R and DVD+RW supports single side 4.37 computer GB* DVDs(called DVD-5) and double side 8.75 computer GB* DVDs(called DVD-10).
    These formats are supported by the DVD+RW Alliance.


    See more here:

    http://www.videohelp.com/dvd

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    personally i'd stick to what works. shop elsewhere if need be. nowdays it really doesn't matter unless your player and/or burner is restricted to one format. the - format i think is 6MB larger (big deal) but the + version when bitset to DVD-ROM especially is very similar in reflectivity to the standard DVD-ROM ( like a commercial disc). of course experimentation can be good too. i only use - myself. the main reasons other than the above for choosing the + format is for compatibility only (bitsetting). which one is "better"?. neither. both are the same pretty much other than the bitsetting. (no bitsetting on -R media)
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    yes it is that bitsetting thing that always makes me buy the + discs, i was told dvd shrink likes + discs better but that was back in the day when i used nero to burn them with shrink. ISO images and imgburn are such a better way to go, so i never have tried the - discs again.
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    I dont think that is true I use only dvd-r discs


    DVD shrink doesnt burn anything, nero does though

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    I have been using DVD-R since i started burning movies...they have worked great for me...I have heard from friends that a lot of DVD+R dont work in their DVD players. thats why i'm afraid to try.

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    I also only use DVD-R and never have a problem with them, the only time I use +R is in one of my old burners which only burns +R media, and I very rarely ever use it to burn. The -R media play in every DVD player I stick them in from the cheapest to moderately expensive.

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    i have a friend who has a couple of first generation dvd players and the only backups of mine she can play are my + that have had the bitset changed to dvd-rom. Mine never have problems in any of my players. I figured the dvd shrink liking dvd+ better was probably just hogwash. i know the dvd- are more readily available in the stores around here.
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    The main DVD player I use is about 12 years old, and so far the only movies it would not play were the burns I made on the Philips media, and also two movies a friend had the were a few years old and made with 321 studios. But other than those I have had no problems, which actually surprises me, but also makes me very happy, that shes 12 and still kicking like a champ.

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