I need some newbie help understand some basics…I’ve only used DVD+R/RW in the past and now have ordered a Lite-On 165P6S burner so am learning about new options. As I understand it, here is what is out there:
DVD+/-R/RW…these come in single layer and double layer flavors
I’ll tell you what I know (or think I know and hopefully someone can fill in or correct it). From what I understand, +R and -R function alike but are simply different formats. Some burners prefer one over the other, some players prefer one over the other, but the both accomplish the same thing and, hardware aside, neither is better than the other. I understand that single layer discs are what I have used in the past and that now there are double layer discs, which have an “upstairs and downstairs” so essentially it is like a sandwich of 2 single layers discs allowing you pretty close to twice the storage space. Where I really get lost is DVD-ROM and DVD-RAM…to be honest, I have no clue what these are! When would someone use these forms of media? How do they compare to +/-R/RW? Are certain ones better for certain tasks or do certain things better? Any explanation of what each of these forms of media is and what each of them is best used for it greatly appreciated. Thanks!