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Thread: I'm Considering Buying a DVD Burner, but I need to learn about them first

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    I'm considering buying an EXTERNAL DVD Burner for my eMachines computer. However, I'm extremely uneducated on the topic, so I was wondering if you could enlighten me on the subject. I want to use the burner to burn a rented/borrowed DVD (preferably in its entirety).

    First of all: What's the difference between DVD+R and DVD-R

    Secondly: What other features should I consider

    What's a decent DVD writing speed that I should expect?

    Can the average blank DVD store the entire contents of a store-bought DVD, extras and all?

    Is there any reason why my DVD player wouldn't play a burned DVD? I have a Sony DVP-NS715P DVD player. It plays KVCDs, so I figure it should probably play DVD-Rs, but still....

    I don't want to spend too much money; I'm not looking for a top-of-the-line product, just something that'll suit my needs that's pretty good; not a piece of crap.

    Thanks,
    DSF
    Last edited by david622; 12-14-2004 at 02:57 AM.

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    why external, they are more prone to break and burn coasters, maybe not so much anymore but you will still pay at least twice as much for a external.
    Last edited by muchspl2; 12-14-2004 at 03:10 AM.

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    The reason I want an external drive is because I have an eMachines computer (T2682 if you want specifics), and looking at the front of the computer, there doesn't appear to be another slot for a drive.

    I currently have a DVD drive and a CD-RW burner drive. Could a DVD burner replace the CD burner and burn plain CD-R(W)s as well?

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    yea just replace your cd buner

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    Thanks. I'm gonna still keep my eyes open for others though... I've got $50 in gift cards to Best Buy so I might do one there.

    But just to confirm: Can ALL DVD burners burn regular CD-Rs and CD-RWs also?

    And what's the difference between +R and -R?

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    You could take out the 2 drives and just have a DVD burner. It does all.

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    Alright thanks.

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    Get a drive that can burn both +R and -R.

    Better yet, get one that can do Dual Layer too.

    As for fitting a whole DVD to a disk? You can only do that if you compress it to fit. Use http://www.dvdshrink.org/ (freeware) for that.

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