DVD-RAM vs DVD RW

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  1. Wai_Wai

    Wai_Wai Registered Member

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    DVD-RAM vs DVD RW

    Hi.
    I'm not sure which one I should choose.
    I need a disc which store my regular backup and item collection.
    The contents of the disc will be updated, say, quarterly or monthly.

    The disc must be reliable and can keep the contents intact.

    Q:
    1) Which disc suits my need best? Any advice?

    2) How reliable is DVD-RAM and DVD+/-RW?

    3) What brand/model of DVD disc do you recommend?

    Thank you.
     
  2. ErikAlbert

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    DVD/CD +R(W) is technically BETTER than DVD/CD -R(W) according my readings.
    Recently there was a link published at Wilders about this subject.

    DVD/CD +R is more reliable than DVD/CD +RW
     
  3. pojispear

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    DVD-RAM are those more expensive rewritable DVDs. They can fail too as has happened to me. that, and they are about $4.50 each here.

    if you have more then 4GB data, just get an external HD and do weekly synchs with your important files
     
  4. ErikAlbert

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    That's what I bought for my next computer, an external harddisk and my personal files will be separated from my winXPproSP2.
     
  5. ErikAlbert

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    My favorite brand will be Verbatim LightScribe DVD/CD +R. I like that LightScribe stuff. :)
    http://www.verbatim.com/
     
  6. Wai_Wai

    Wai_Wai Registered Member

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    What DVD-RAM do you use?

    How long before it fail?


    How much is an external drive?
    It seems to be an expensive alternative, and the lifespan of external drive should be :doubt:
     
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    The following is probably the information that you are looking for, which is from PC World. DVD-R and DVD+R media is so cheap nowadays that you can find very good ones at about $0.3 per disc or less. To me, I would make a backup with a new DVD-R/DVD+R and simply drop the old one in garbage can as it really costs so little.

     
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  8. pvsurfer

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    I do quite a bit of DVD burning - backing up my laptop when on the road and more recently I've been recording TV programming on DVD rather than VHS tapes.

    I use both DVD-R and DVD-RAM (which is really very nice as it can be treated as just another HDD). But DVD-RAM media is seldom, if ever, on sale, whereas DVD-/+R media is on sale every week! So I no longer buy DVD-RAM as it's much more expensive in the long run than just buying DVD-R and tossing them when the content is no longer of value.

    For the record, over the past 2+ years of burning DVDs, I've gone through a few hundred blanks and never experienced any media problems (perhaps that's due in part to my always buying reputable brands, such as Maxell, Sony and TDK).

    ~pv
     
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