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Inside Your Computer Part 6 – The DVD-Writers

Posted Thursday, April 29, 2004

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Create your own home movies on DVD, backup your DVD collection, or use to backup your hard drive, for whatever reason go buy one now. A DVD writer is used for exactly what it is named for, writing DVD's.

Lets explain the formats. DVD writers come in several formats. DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, and DVD-RAM.

So which do you buy? Lets explain the different types:

DVD-R/RW - This is the first format that was compatible with home DVD players. This drive would be the more popular, although not as technologically advanced as the DVD+R/RW drives this format are ruling the market and is supported by 92% of DVD-rom drives and DVD players.

DVD+R/RW - This is the more technologically advanced drive. Supported by Microsoft in their next version of Windows, this drive format is getting more popular, but is slightly less compatible than its friend the DVD-R/RW drives, it comes in at 87%.

DVD-RAM - This format is out years, but unfortunately is better suited for large backups of your Hard drive. Do not buy if you want to backup your DVD collection, or make home DVD's.