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DVD+RW vs. DVD-RW and the HP dvd300e

What is the difference between DVD+RW and DVD-RW, and why does it matter?

I am considering an HP dvd300e burner, and I'm wondering if the fact it only records to DVD+RW, but not DVD-RW, really matters, and if so, how much?

I guess what's most important is: which format do home entertainment DVD players play?

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You'll get a religious war on this, but with the price of dual format burners now why even mess with one that only does one format?

If it were me and I was getting one that only did one format, I'd go with a -R burner.

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I agree with "get a dual burner". That way you can still burn discs that will play in "most newer" DVD players when the inferio+R format undercuts DVD-R in price and drives them off the market.

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Full disclosure: I, personally, prefer the +RW format.

Having said that, there are players out there that won't play +RW and other players that won't play -RW. The number is small, and mostly older players. Most modern players will play both. My Playstation 2 will play +RW disks, and the newer ones play both.

I recommend you go to www.dvdrhelp.com and look at the player compatibility listing and see where the home player you have falls. That should help make your decision easier.

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Having said that, there are players out there that won't play +RW.... The number is small, and mostly older players.


It's not just limited to older players. New Panasonics and a few other brands won't play +R or +RW, but will work fine at the minimum with DVD-R.

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Most modern players will play both. My Playstation 2 will play +RW disks, and the newer ones play both.



My PS2 doesn't play +RW. It hesitates to read +R but ends up playing it eventually. DVD-R and DVD-RW work fine, just like regular DVD's. I bought mine in late 2001, if that means anything.

I personally think that if you're doing write once DVD recording that DVD-R is the better format to use since it's more compatible. +RW might be good for set-top recorders if you plan to erase and re-use or edit your burned disc, but DVD-RAM does a better job at that than +RW in every aspect except widespread availability and compatibility.

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That's interesting, Raj. My PS2 plays +RW without hesitation, exactly as if it were a commercial DVD. In fact, that was the first test I made, figuring if it would play on a PS2 I had a pretty good chance of it playing anywhere. (Note: I did make a disc for one friend who couldn't play it in her DVD player, but could play it in her Xbox. That's the only incompatibility I've ever run into). I wonder why the difference there?

I'm surprised that Panasonic would remove +RW support since their players have had it in the past. That makes no sense. Sounds like politics at play here.

And I wouldn't use DVD-RAM for anything, as it fails the most important test of all.. the ability to be used in other players, like my computer or my set top DVD player.

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That's interesting, Raj. My PS2 plays +RW without hesitation, exactly as if it were a commercial DVD. In fact, that was the first test I made, figuring if it would play on a PS2 I had a pretty good chance of it playing anywhere. (Note: I did make a disc for one friend who couldn't play it in her DVD player, but could play it in her Xbox. That's the only incompatibility I've ever run into). I wonder why the difference there?



Perhaps it's different hardware revs of the PS2? Or it might be due to flaky hardware? I know that my Apex AD1500 would not play RWs reliably even though everyone else's AD1500 seem to play RWs just fine.

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