DVD-RAM or DVD-RW - which to buy

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  1. ronald_ffs

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    Given the published characteristics of DVD-RAM, -RW and -R, begs the question "which media should I buy for home use?" At the moment - as a new DVD recorder owner - it seems as though I need buy only DVD-RAM. Any comments on this philosphy would be appreciated.

    Ron :lease:
     
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    If it's purely for your own use and you don't want to loan/give away any of your recordings then I believe RAM is perfect for you.

    However, if you do plan to loan/give away any of your recordings then you should be using -R or -RW.

    Cheers,

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    Assuming your recorder is a Panasonic, Toshiba, JVC or certain LG, Samsung or Hitachi models, then DVD-RAM is an option and speaking as a Panasonic owner, DVD-RAMs are the ones that allow it use its full potential and flexibility with removable media, offering everything that you can do with a hard disc drive, only at a (much) smaller capacity. In the case of Panasonic recorders, you can also use DVD-RAM discs in caddies, which makes them very hard wearing. On the other hand, there are quite a few other machines which can't handle DVD-RAM if you want to lend discs out to friends - though a surprising number nowadays will play them.

    DVD-RW discs can be about as flexible as DVD-RAM, but only in recorders which offer VR mode. VR mode is less universally compatible than the normal way of recording on DVD-RW though.

    DVD-R is not really reusable or flexible, but cheap, good for archiving and very robust compared with DVD-RW.
     
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    thanks for the comments; my recordings intended (for now) for own home use - but who knows!!! My DVD recorder is a Samsung DVD-VR320.

    many thanks
    Ron :)
     

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