The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

20 January 2007

But I'll never run out of coasters

A pox on a certain retailer (I won't mention its name) for selling something labeled as "DVD+R-", and on me for being dumb enough to buy it.

Posted at 6:23 PM to PEBKAC


Chaz... send me an email.

Posted by: Dr. Jan at 9:37 PM on 20 January 2007

So what is a +R-...?

Posted by: Winston at 7:27 AM on 21 January 2007

I have no idea. Once out of its package, the disc was revealed as a DVD+R, which made it less than ideal for the purpose I had in mind, which was making a backup of a DVD-R.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:10 AM on 21 January 2007

More and more recorders, and especially read-write drives, are dual polarity. We are now using the +Rs we bought by mistake and were stuck with a while back.

Posted by: triticale at 6:20 PM on 21 January 2007

Well, the truth of the matter is, I don't know what is going on. Triticale confused me even more.

Posted by: Jan at 9:49 PM on 21 January 2007

If you make a disc image of the original DVD-R, can you then burn that image as a DVD+R? Or does your drive not support DVD-R burning? I thought only Macs did that.

Of course, I have NO IDEA how to make a disc image in Windows. What if you just copied the files over, then burned them back? Toast could do it. And for the cost of a spindle of DVD+R minuses, it's almost worth it.

Well, shoot. Toast is Mac only. What about Easy Media Creator? http://www.cdfreaks.com/software/Burning-and-Backup-Software/Roxio/Easy-Media-Creator/

Posted by: Dan at 11:54 PM on 21 January 2007

The drive does claim to support both flavors of burning; inasmuch as the extant software does in fact produce an image before attempting to write the target disk, I think this might be Sort of Doable.

There remains the possibility that this particular not-especially-pricey drive might be finicky about not-especially-pricey media.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:29 AM on 22 January 2007