What is the difference between DVD+R and DVD-R?

Alex Gee February 2, 2011

What is the difference between these two? Is one more superior for certain tasks?

  1. Caitlin
    February 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Go with dvd-r for music, data etc, sitck with dvd+r for backup

  2. Anonymous
    February 3, 2011 at 10:06 am

    The biggest advantage of DVD+R is that it can be 'finalized' or burned in multiple sessions. This means that if there is some space remaining at the end of one burning session, it can be filled up later in another session. This option is not available with the DVD-R.

    The DVD+R layout is supposed to be better for faster data access. They were developed for computer use after DVD- was already the standard for commercial DVD movies.

    a DVD-R can be played on most home DVD players

    DVD+R discs are more expensive in today’s market.
    DVD+R cannot copy the descrambling codes found on DVD video discs, so commercial discs cannot easily be duplicated. DVD+R drives have recently reached the same maximum recording speeds as DVD-R drives.
    (once you write some data to +R disc, you can also add some more data later,again and again. but you can not erase the data once you writen.)

    DVD+R can be "booktyped" to DVD-ROM easily,If you have DVD Decrypter( and you should) open it and choose your burner, go to Tools>Drive>change book type>choose you drive if it appears> follow instructions to book type to DVD-ROM.Booktyping might help with players that won't recognize any recordable format.

    Booktype via Nero Burning Rom

    February 3, 2011 at 4:32 am

    I have found that if you want to burn and play burnt games using different equipment, it is better to use DVD-R media. Also for movies, in my experience DVD-R is better. For backups, DVD+R is better.

  4. Alex Gee
    February 3, 2011 at 4:13 am

    From all this info I'm thinking that +R is best for data and -R for video. Thanks for all the replies!

  5. Jack Cola
    February 3, 2011 at 2:55 am

    In a nutshell, what do you think is a better disc to use? +r or -r?

    • Mike
      February 3, 2011 at 11:03 am

      Looking at single recordable media (DVD±R) it doesn't make much difference.

      As mentioned in this conversation the benefits of using DVD+R are better error correction and the fact that discs are not finalized which means you can add data at any time later until the capacity is fully used.
      DVD-R has the benefit of higher compatibility especially for older drives and players [duo to it's longer existence]

      For the rewriteable media DVD+RW is superior.
      Unlike DVD-RW you are able to partially rewrite the disc or erase only single files.

      If you are looking for reliable media e.g. for backups you should look into DVD-RAM.

    February 3, 2011 at 1:35 am

    The differences between the two are not easily seen by a normal user. DVD players can see the differences between the formats because unless they are multi-format drives they can play one or the other.

    DVD+R is a newer format than DVD-R, and as a result has some advantages over DVD-R. One of the advantages is that it provides better error management than DVD-R. As a result, it provides more accurate writing to disc.

    Another advantage is when you burn/record multi session discs. DVD+R provides better links between sessions and you get more accurate results. As a consequence of this you get less errors and coasters when recording multi session discs.

    DVD+R also has a better tracking and speed control which is less prone to get errors due to interference and buffer underrun.

    February 3, 2011 at 1:14 am

    DVD-R was the original DVD format. One of the main differences is that both formats have different manufacturers/organizations backing them up. DVD-R has the backing of organizations/manufactures like Mitsubishi, Sony and Hitachi.

    DVD+R is not supported by the organization that supports DVD-R, instead it is supported by an organization that includes Sony, Yamaha, Philips and Dell. DVD+R is a format younger than DVD-R and uses more modern/improved technologies that make it more reliable. The differences between both DVD-R and DVD+R are not easily seen by normal users. DVD players see these differences because unless they are multi format players, they would not be able to play one or the other.

    -- DVD+R handles error better because it has a better error management system than DVD-R, allowing for more accurate writing to media.
    -- DVD+R produces less damaged or unusable discs because it has more accuracy between multi session discs. What this means is that DVD+R produces less errors than DVD-R when burning a discs in more than one burning.
    -- DVD+R is more accurate at higher speed because the tracking and speed control used by DVD+R has more tolerance for interference and buffering errors.

  8. Mike
    February 3, 2011 at 12:58 am

    DVD-R was created by Pioneer
    DVD+R was created later on by the DVD+RW Alliance

    Like with every technology there were/are several companies fighting for the lead in storage media (just like it was with HD-DVD and BD).

    The DVD+RW Alliance intentions were to create a rewriteable feature rich format with higher compatibility between personal computers and home entertainment (DVD Player/Recorder. DVD+R actually was created after the DVD+RW.

    Eventually vendors started using hybrid drives supporting both formats years ago.
    But DVD "plus" is the newer format therefor more advanced but also more expensive.

    The difference lies withing the technical [recording] details. For example DVD+R support drag&drop recording. Also a DVD+R uses formating and therefor doesn't need to be finalized like DVD-R. Another more unknown and unused feature is that you can record a DVD+R partially on your computer and partially your DVD Recorder.

  9. Gustavo Ibarguengoytia
    February 3, 2011 at 12:48 am

    To my understanding there is no significant difference, it is just formatting although it does affect writing speeds. DVD-R is an older format but that doesn't mean it's worse.


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