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DVD-R OR DVD+R

What is the difference between DVD-R and DVD+R discs? I need DVDs for my Toshiba DVD recorder and do not know what to buy. Please help!

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Hey asigler,

The primary differences between DVD-R and DVD+R format discs may not necessarily be noticeable by the average consumer, as they are mostly in regards to how the discs are written and read by DVD recorders.

DVD+R format discs do tend on average to have a slightly smaller storage capacity than DVD-R discs (4.7GB versus 4.71GB). Additionally DVD+R discs can be somewhat easier to use when creating multiple sessions or multiple copies of the same material, since the format uses what is typically considered to be a "more robust" error management system when writing and copying files. However, because the introduction of DVD-R media came roughly 5 years before DVD+R, the DVD-R format has the advantage of being compatible with a wider variety of electronics.

As a result, there is a good chance that your DVD recorder may only support the use of DVD-R format discs, but you should always refer to your owner's manual documentation for confirmation.

Hope this helps you out.

Sincerely,
Aaron
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Posted on Jun 04, 2008

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