Standard issue standards hunter

Monday 20th of October, 2003 - 18:32 – Permalink

I've been drooling over DVD writers for quite some time now, mainly due to the fact that my music making hobby renders me with large datasets which I would be wise to back up. I've done so with CD's, but the last time I backed up my sample collection I needed 11 disks to do so! Ouch.

So far I've kept away from writable DVDs for two reasons: Price and standard/compatibility issues. The thing is that there is a plenthora of formats in which DVDs can be written: DVD-RAM, DVD-R and DVD-RW, DVD+R and DVD+RW. Naturally their not cross-comatible (yet).

I did some research on the history and existing standards of DVD writing, and found this nice DVD format introduction. I also found a very comprehensive FAQ on DVD in general, here is a link to the section dealing with recordable formats. I'd recommend both for anyone who's planning to buy a DVD writer. A little knowledge might save you quite a bit of headache.

Finally, for my Finnish readership: The MBnet Hintaseuranta page for DVD writers.