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Will my MBP write to DVD+R discs?


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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?
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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:


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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.



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



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.

Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!
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