I asked this in the newbie forum here, but was given two answers that had nothing to do with my question. (WHY do people do that?)
Anyway, I tried playing a little with the 5005, using a +RW in it because I’d heard they’ll play in regular DVD players without being finalized.
Lo’ and behold, IT WORKED!
The thing is, I tried to then finalize the disc (just to see how things work with them…after all, they’re eraseable, but I wondered “is that still true once they’re finalized?”) and the 5005 gave me a “change discs” message.
Okay…the 5005 doesn’t finalize recorded +RWs. Then again, it doesn’t have to because they DO play in other machines.
I’m wondering if this is unique to the 5005, or is this true of all recorders that work with +RW discs? (And if some WILL finalize a +RW, is it still eraseable after that, or is it locked up for good?)
Now, the real question-
How much of this applies to -RWs?
Do they also play in regular DVD players without being finalized?
CAN they be finalized, or would I get a “change disc” message with them too?
Finally, if a -RW can be finalized, does it then become “locked”, as in “can’t be erased any more”?
So many ins and outs with this stuff! So much to learn…