dvd-ram : cartridge or non-cartridge ?



the easy bit was tracing a panasocic e50. now to get the dvd-ram read in the pc !!

firstly whats the school of thought .....do i open the cartridge and buy a cheap (£30ish) dvd-ram reader or do i go for the expensive (£100?) for a dvd-ram cartridge capable reader ???

i'm told on the forums that opening the cartridge will deminish the shelf life of the disc, so how easy are they to open ?

what are the best drives?

so many questions (and formats !!!)...please advise


I use an old DVD-RAM drive to read the discs on my PC plugged in via firewire so I can move it between pc's. Nothing flash but does the job.

Not too keen on opening the caddy etc. I do notice when I use a DVD-Ram in my HS2 that 'high speed dubbing' becomes available. Never clocked that before. :rolleyes:


Standard Member
I would suggest you avoid taking the disks out of the caddies - they are probably far more vulnerable to damage than "caddyless" ones which are designed to be handled. Double sided particularly would be risky. I use caddied disks for Record-Watch-Wipe, and record on caddyless when I know I will want to edit on my PC. When I bought my E50, a caddyless disk was in the box. I use Panasonic RAM disks.

Incidentally, you might find that if you already have a DVD-ROM drive in your PC it might already be able to read RAM - the LG drive in mine does.



Outstanding Member
I would suggest if you have kids, pets or anything else that sheds furr, feathers or generates a mess then you use cartridge protected DVD-RAM. If however you do want to use a DVD-RAM in a PC or a compatible standalone player (such as the Panasonic S35/S75 or latest JVC models) then you are probably best using un-caddied versions which have a protective coating to help their survival out of the caddy.


Established Member
You could always get this baby for your PC. It takes caddies and comes with some nice software including decent RAM drivers (>4GB) and the elusive DVD MovieAlbumSE.

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