[li]Which rewritable DVD (DVD-RW or DVD+RW) is recommended around here besides DVD-RAM, for data backups? Do brands matter with these like they do with DVD+/-Rs?[/li][li]With DVD-RAM, which UDF version should I use and what are the differences between versions?[/li][li]Which tool is the best to use for making DVD-RAM discs accessible in Windows XP (I want to format using a UDF file system)?[/li][li]Which drives support discs that have cartridges? Is there an advantage to using cartridgeless discs when compared to DVD+/-RWs?[/li][/ol]
1 - I like to use DVD-RW disks - preferrably Verbatim.
I have DVD-RAM capability, but prefer the simple nature of standard DVD’s. They are very compatible, so in a pinch, just about any drive I have access to can read them. Even if I go to a buds house or something, I can still read 'em.
Not the case with DVD-RAM, at least not yet. I don’t want to take chances, so I don’t even do Multi-Session on DVD’s. The most important thing to me is data integrity - the second most important thing is probably that I want to be able to read the data.
I don’t think I’d like it if I knew my data was in good shape but I could not quickly and easily read it on whatever hardware I have on hand.
+RW/-RW does have better compatibility, but for stability I’d use DVD-RAM. If you absolutely had to use another computer to access data on a DVD-RAM disc, you could always put your drive in an enclosure. If you’re going to transfer data from computer to computer on a short term basis, -RW/+RW would be better (or a USB ‘thumb drive’). For long term storage on a rewriteable format intended mainly for your own data backups, I would go with DVD-RAM.
Definitely. I have great results with Verbatim, just like BeardedKirklander.
[li]Which drives support discs that have cartridges? [/li]None anymore (that I know of). They disappeared rather quickly.
Is there an advantage to using cartridgeless discs when compared to DVD+/-RWs?
Of course: DVD-RAM is just like a hard disk, you never need to erase/format the disc before writing new stuff on it (unless the disc is full of course). For video use, though, DVD-RAM can be awfully tricky to manage, get some aspirine.
Personally I dropped DVD-RAM because it was far too slow to my taste (2X) and quite expensive. Things have changed since, but considering the price (low) and speed (high) of write-once media these days, I wouldn’t bother with RAM anymore. shrug
Are TDK blanks good as well?
I like the Verbatim DVD+RW (MKM A02), and so does my Litey 1693. I just found out they no longer sell the pack of 10 in jewel cases. I hope their spindle of 30 is just as good.
I used to be a huge supporter of TDK-branded media (TDKG02 an TTG02 have been among my favorite blanks), but some time after they decided to stop manufacturing their own blanks (in 2005), all the TDK discs that I had were very disappointing: TTH02 (16X -R) with below-par results, TDK003 (16X +R) that degrade rather fast… so I stopped recommending TDK altogether. Though I admit I have no experience with TDK RW blanks. I’m not even sure if they have their own technology for RW anymore, or if they just “re-brand” stuff. Can’t help you.
What about with DVD-RAM? Is manufacturing more controlled with these DVD-RAM discs?
They don’t have their own +RW technology, only -RW, as I know. -RWs usually come with “TDKxxxsaku” MID, +RWs 4x usually have “PHILIPS 041” MID.
Both variants are good, IMO, although you can buy “PHILIPS 041” +RWs, for example, LG-branded, which are usually cheaper. I have no problems with all of them.
You mean DVD-RAM quality control in comparison with DVD±RWs’ ?
OK, just the majority of DVD-RAM matrixes is still made by 2 REPUTABLE companies: Panasonic and Maxell. Here is the quality. Sometimes you can see Ritek or Optodisc MID-ed DVD-RAMs, but they are rather rare (at least, where I’m located ) And I don’t speak about probable fakes, just don’t know, whether such exist or not.
But I personally wouldn’t use DVD-RAM <12x, even made by Pns. or Mxl.: too slow. And I also wouldn’t use 12x DVD-RAM made not by Mxl. or Pns.
Didn’t you know that data is verified as it’s being written (which accounts for slow overall write speeds)?
true but even so and even with 12x -RAM it’s still considerably slower than DVD+/-R @ 16x.