Decoding Recordable DVD
DVD burners come in many format varieties, but which is right for you? We cut through the hype and show you what to buy.
DVD burning is a very appealing idea. You get a whopping 4.7GB of space to store backups, make movies, and more. CD burners are fairly common in new PCs, but the rapid adoption of DVD readers and players, and the skyrocketing capacities of hard drives, are starting to make the roughly 700MB storage limit of CDs look downright puny. DVDs are much more suitable for copying videos, distributing homemade movies, or backing up and archiving your data. And prices of DVD recorders, while still significantly higher than those of CD-RW drives, are falling rapidly. But you may be confused (and rightly so) by all the formats for writable DVDs. The options can seem overwhelming: DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+SC, and DVD+RW are all competing for market attention. Whats the difference? And which is best for your needs?