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AUZambo 03-05-2011 10:33 AM

Will my MBP write to DVD+R discs?
 
I need to buy some double layer DVD-R discs because an iDVD project I created is just a smidgeon too large for a standard DVD-R disc. On Amazon and Newegg the vast majority of DL discs are DVD+R and not DVD-R.

What's the difference between the two?

Will my 2006 MBP write to a DVD+R disc?

cwa107 03-05-2011 10:42 AM

I don't believe your MBP will burn DL at all. At least my old 2006 model didn't have that capability. You can check it by looking in the System Profiler (Apple Menu => About This Mac => More Info => Go to the Hardware category, click on Disc Burning).

You should see a summary like this:

http://home.comcast.net/~cwa107/foru...03-05_1042.png

AUZambo 03-05-2011 11:58 AM

Sweet....thanks. I didn't see the "Disc Burning" option when I was looking at system profiler. Turns out mine will write to a DVD+R DL, but not a DVD-R DL. Go figure.

http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/8...10305at105.png

So, what's the difference between the "+R" and the "-R"?

cwa107 03-05-2011 12:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AUZambo (Post 1196548)
Sweet....thanks. I didn't see the "Disc Burning" option when I was looking at system profiler. Turns out mine will write to a DVD+R DL, but not a DVD-R DL. Go figure.

http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/8...10305at105.png

So, what's the difference between the "+R" and the "-R"?

When writeable DVDs were just coming on the market, there was a war of conflicting standards much like there was when HD-DVD/Blu-Ray came on the market. In the end, drive manufacturers just started building combo drives that could read/write all or nearly all of the different standards.

The difference is mostly in the media. I find that +R discs tend to be the most compatible with set-top DVD players, but YMMV.


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