Difference between DVD+R and DVD-R

by on September 9, 2009

Q: What is the difference, if there is any, between DVD-R and DVD+R?

A: There is a slight difference between the two that might make one better than the other for you. An interesting fact I found on wikipedia about this says that DVD+R was actually pushed by Sony. I find this interesting because they always seem to want to do things their own way, i.e. HD DVD vs Blu Ray.

The most important thing to know about DVD-R vs DVD+R is that DVD-R was the first format. This means just about every DVD player or DVD burner out there supports DVD-R. So if you are going to make a video DVD and you don’t know exactly where it will be played, i.e. on a new DVD player or an old one, then you should burn it on a DVD-R disk.

If you know exactly where you will be using the DVD then DVD+R is said to be less error prone. I have never had a problem with errors on either of the formats but apparently the way data is stored and accessed on the DVD+R is different enough that the DVD+R is considered to be a little more reliable. If you are going to burn video to play on a DVD player then I would stick with DVD-R but if you are going to burn something important like a backup of your pictures, videos, or documents then I might opt for DVD+R.

The only time you will probably ever notice a difference between DVD-R and DVD+R is if you try to play a DVD+R in a DVD player that only supports DVD-R.

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