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Beginners Guides: Optical Drives & Recording Formats

Beginners Guides: Optical Drives & Recording Formats - PCSTATS
Abstract: Everything from the differing optical media recording standards, read/record speeds to selecting the best recordable DVD format is covered.
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DVD-Dual and DVD-Multi formats

The DVD-Dual and DVD-Multi formats are a label adopted by the DVD Forum (proponents of the DVD-R/RW/RAM formats) to signify a drive which can read from and write to all three of these media types. This is an attractive combination with the removable storage flexibility of DVD-RAM combined with the more traditional DVD authoring capabilities of DVD-R/RW disks.

But what if DVD+RW wins out? Given the current lack of agreement between the proponents of the various writeable DVD formats, it should come as no surprise that several manufacturers have decided to forgo waiting for a conclusion and instead created their own compromise.

The DVD-Dual format is an unofficial term being used for drives that support writing to and reading from DVD+RW and DVD-R/RW. By amalgamating all the popular formats into one drive, these companies (Sony and Gigabyte to name a couple) are hedging their bets on the future, and making things a little easier for consumers in the process.

The potential downsides to this are the price issue, as added complexity will always equal added cost, and the ever-present risk that future standardization will alter whichever format wins out, making it incompatible even with the DVD-Dual readers of today.

To sum up, if you need to purchase a DVD writer this year, a DVD-Dual drive is the safest choice. With no clear winner emerging from this standards war, it's best to be able to switch sides when you need to. As an added plus, media will be easy to find.

This ends the first segment of PCstats' two-part look at Optical Drives & Recording Formats. In the second half of PCstats look at recordable optical media we will help you learn how to burn your own CDROMs, audio CDs, and create ISOs for backups of your files to name just a few things.

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Contents of Article: PCstats
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Optical Drives & Recording Formats
 Pg 2.  How CD-Rs store data
 Pg 3.  Reading CDs and DVDs
 Pg 4.  UDF/Packet Writing
 Pg 5.  Understanding CD-R/RW media
 Pg 6.  Other DVD Recordable Standards
 Pg 7.  — DVD-Dual and DVD-Multi formats

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