What is the difference between DVD-R & DVD-RAM

  hssutton 21:11 03 Apr 2003

Have just been doing a lot of reading about the differences between dvd-r & dvd-ram disks. I am refering to the newer 4.7Gb single sided dvd-ram disks. Unfortunately I'm now more confused. can anyone explain in simple terms, please

  Qmar 21:40 03 Apr 2003

( cannot vouch for but have a look)
click here

  tamc98 21:56 03 Apr 2003

Think VHS v Betamax. Which ever you chose another format will be along soon to spoil it all.

  Gaz W 22:33 03 Apr 2003

What's more important is which technology will "win". Is this the same as the + and - DVD media. As far as I'm aware, it's just the way it writes it to the disc - the end result is exactly the same. I could be wrong though...

If one technology is preferred (like VHS was), would that mean that the other would be unavailable, or more expensive?

  Gaz W 22:40 03 Apr 2003

I don't really understand any of this myself (properly), but what I mean is it doesn't matter what you get as long as it does the job and the media is cheap and will still be readily available in the future. I am looking to get a DVD writer myself at some stage, and the main thing I want to be able to do is play back DVDs in my DVD player (recording from a TV card) and also in DVD-ROMs.

  crx16 23:41 03 Apr 2003

DVD-RAM discs are like a 4.7GB floppy disk,housed in a caddy,and formatted FAT32 like a hard drive.they wont work in most DVD-ROM drives.

no software required to burn,it just appears as another hard-drive(removable) in 'my computer'.

DVD-R discs are like a 4.7GB CD-R, write once and play back in most DVD-ROM drives.

  hssutton 09:56 04 Apr 2003

Thanks crx16

Got it sorted, when I installed my drive I noticed the extra drive DVD-RAM "G" but did not take too much notice at the time.
Are you saying that your DVD-rams disks are in a caddy, the newer types are just plain disks similar to DVD-R.
So it now begs the question, what's the point, as I can format a DVD-RW or a DVD-R and use drag 'n drop.
I have been using DVD-R via Drag 'n Drop to archive all my photographic files.

After reading the link provided by Qmar I realised That I had phrased the question incorrectly.

The analogy with VHS and Betamax is not relevant to this question.

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