I'm looking to buy a DVD rewriter for my PC, however, I'm not sure what the industry standard is and find the list of products on offer a bit bewildering. Can anyone explain or perhaps direct me to a layman's guide. Thanks
There are many types of DVD rewriter on the market. First, you need to decide if you want an internal DVD rewriter or external model. If a desktop pc, an internal drive is generally easier to achieve as many pc's have spare slots for upgrades/changes.
DVD rewriters, like CD rewriters, offer many disk formats - DVD-Rw, DVD+RW,etc. Personally, I use a dvd multirecorder that means I don't have to worry too much about what disk I pick up when a half-asleep in PC world. I have a Sony drive but there are many good makes.
As far as I am concerned the only real decisions you have to make is do you want one that will write to DVD RAM as well as DVD+ and - disks and do you want one with Lightscribe which you use to write on the disk like a label. Lightscribe disks are more expensive as are DVD RAM disks so personally I just bought a bog standard drive that writes to DVD+ and -R and RW disks as well. Have to say I don't use RW disks as I don't find them stable enough. If you bought something like this click here you wouldn't go far wrong or if you haven't got the burning software then perhaps this click here If you don't have the software you're as well buying a drive that has the software included as Windows XP will not write to DVD only to CD.