DVD Burners Buying Guide
The days of the VHS tape are long gone, but that doesn't mean that you should simply throw out your collection of old home movies . With a DVD burner , you can put those precious memories on a disc so they can truly last a lifetime--free from the risk of damaged tape and clunky VCRs . DVD burners are also great for storing class and work presentations, photographs, music and your own cinematic creations (have you been playing with iMovie again?) But if you're still stuck in the electronic dark ages, we're here to help. Read on for some useful buying tips.
What Kind of Discs?
So you're searching the shelves and you see a bunch of letters and symbols. What's it all mean?
- DVD discs come in three forms: plus (+), dash (-) and DVD-RAM.
- The DVD plus (+) format comes in three different forms: DVD+R (recordable), DVD+RW (rewritable) and DVD+R DL (double layer). The DVD dash (-) format also has three forms:DVD-R (recordable), DVD-RW (rewritable) andDVD-R DL (double layer). Most new DVD burners support both formats.
- DVD-R and DVD+R use write-once disks, whereas DVD-RW and DVD+RW disks are rewritable.
- Research shows that DVD-R and DVD+R disks (the non-rewritable disks) are more playable on home DVD players.
- A DVD burner can write up to 4.7GB onto a single layer DVD disc or 8.5GB onto a double layer DVD disc.
Two Main Types
Choosing between an internal or external drive is largely a matter of cost and practicality within your lifestyle.
- Since CD-RW drives are slowly becoming obsolete, it makes sense to purchase a CD-RW/DVD combo drive so that you can still burn smaller amounts of data onto CDs (Plus, combination drives are very affordable). If you know you're going to be consistently working with large amounts of data, however, a burner that is solely dedicated to DVDs is the best option.
- Since DVD-RAM is capable of being rewriten far more times than the RW formats, it may be wise to invest in a DVD burner that is DVD-RAM compatible.
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