DVD + or -

  Poloman69 18:21 27 Sep 2003

I am looking to purchase a DVD Burner for my PC to back up all my files with, and am not sure whether to go for a DVD+ burner or a DVD- burner.

Which format would be better to go with to save updating in 12 months?

  Rayuk 18:55 27 Sep 2003

A multi dvd drive + and - is your best option and they are a reasonable price now.

  MAJ 18:59 27 Sep 2003

Yup, go for a multi-drive, Poloman69.

  pdxxtqhf 19:01 27 Sep 2003

It depends on whether you want to share files with someone else. if you do then find out what they use and buy the same, if not buy the best you can afford.

  -pops- 19:03 27 Sep 2003

If your prime purpose is backing up, it would be far better and cheaper to install another hard drive.

  mark500 19:41 27 Sep 2003

Go for a dual drive. The one I have is an NEC1300A and I have never burned a coaster.

The drive is £89.99 from click here

  Proxy worm 19:43 27 Sep 2003

go for mutli drive

  y_not 20:05 27 Sep 2003

DVD+ is super fast for backing up data but is not particularly well supported by DVD players (stand-alones).

DVD- is slower at writing your data files but is supported by most DVD players.

Each format has advantages and disadvantages - I bought both VHS & Betamax separately because the two were not available in one machine.

I now use the ND1300A dual format - seems the only sensible way

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