What's the difference in media +R/-R

Thanks to maineman I’ve found some resolution to many of my problems by changing the media that I use. I’m unsure about the difference in media +R/-R. It was suggested that I purchase -R media type. currently I’m using Sony DVD +R and having good success. However, i’m noticing that the dvds im purchasing are not double sided and many movies go beyond the aloted 4.7 GB’s. The double sided dvd’s are so expensive it’s almost not even worth to go through the trouble of backing up a dvd, when I can just purchase another for just a few bucks more. So what Im interested in learning is:

  1. is there a program that condenses the files so they fit on one cd?
  2. is there a good site where I can purchase dbl sided dvd’s for a reasonable price?

Thanks in advance for any and all help you all provide.

The best recoding software, which is what you want, is CloneDVD. A free option is software called DVDShrink. You will also need AnyDVD if you are planning to backup protected DVDs. The free software is DVDDcrypter. Both free versions are old and not updated.

Compression to a single sided disc is much less expensive than any double layer disc.

I would totally recommend staying with +R discs, TY or MCC are the best.

If sony +R media is working for you and you are able to buy it at a reasonable price, then I’d stick with it, it’s quality media. The war still rages over which format is best…you can do a search right here on cdfreaks. I’ve used both formats with great success. I believe it comes down to a marriage of your burner(s), firmware support and your player(s). -R had an edge since it was first out of the gate and overall compatibilty is slightly better, especially with older players, but these days…like I said, both work great for me. Basically, DVD+R and DVD+RW formats are supported by Philips, Sony, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Ricoh, Yamaha and others. Whereas, DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM formats are supported by Panasonic, Toshiba, Apple Computer, Hitachi, NEC, Pioneer, Samsung and Sharp. If you do a google search, you’ll get plenty to read up on.

As far as answers to your questions:

  1. Don’t you already own fab platinum?..express does a great job with compression and will do the whole disc or strip it down to main movie only. Gold will split to two SL discs and both express and gold can burn DLs.

Chas recommended DVDClone which I’ve heard is excellent, but I’ve never tried it. You will also need AnyDVD in order to decrypt…I do own this and it’s a great little tool. In my own humble opinion, I happen to like fab best, overall.

Verbatim DLs are, far and away, the best DL media. Officemax and Bestbuy frequently sell a 10 disc spindle for $19.99.
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Hope this helps.

Great thank you so much. As always Im finding the respondants on this forum to be excellent sources and very helpful. thx again.