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These formats include: . DVD-RAM . DVD-R . DVD-RW . DVD+R . DVD+RW There is also "General Purpose" vs "Authoring" discs DO NOT confuse the "Authoring" media with the term for content development (making / editing what eventually gos on the DVD) The most common type of DVDR is the General Purpose type - if you do not know that you have an actual authoring recorder drive then you most likely have the general purpose type. Take a look at this white paper from pioneer for more information on the differences in these types of media- DVDR_whitepaper.pdf DVD-RAM DVD-RAM is a format primarily used as a data solution, although the type of data stored can include many types of data including video. Early version 1 recorders used 2.6 GB discs (or double-sided 5.2 GB discs), but current version 2 drives can handle 4.7 GB discs (or double-sided 9.4 GB discs). These discs are traditionally housed within a cartridge which cannot be opened, so that the media is well-protected. Newer Type 2 cartridges can be opened however, which is important for some people who wish to read these discs in drives or standalone DVD-Video players/recorders which do not use the DVD-RAM cartridge loading mechanism. DVD-RAM is a sanctioned format of the DVD Forum, a consortium of companies involved in the development of DVD standards. DVD-RAM is a very robust data storage solution, theoretically allowing greater than 100000 rewrites per disc. In addition, similar to a hard drive, it allows full random read/write access and has defect management. An additional benefit of DVD-RAM is that, having been around for several years, it is a tried and true technology which has native support in Windows XP and Mac OS X. The discs are usually formatted with the UDF format, but can be formatted to such formats as FAT32 in Windows and HFS+ for Mac, or others. The main drawback of DVD-RAM is its very limited read compatibility in DVD-ROM drives and standalone DVD-Video players. DVD-RAM read support in these machines is increasing however. We have one DVD Burner that writes to this format media - Panasonic LF-D311 (E3012) DVD-R and DVD-RW DVD-R and DVD-RW are both also supported formats of the DVD Forum. Both formats generally use 4.7 GB discs (generally without cartridges), although some DVD-R drives used 3.95 GB discs. DVD-R is a write-once recordable format which allows excellent compatibility with both standalone DVD-video players and DVD-ROM drives. There are two main types of 4.7 GB DVD-R discs: DVD-R for General Use and DVD-R for Authoring. Most consumer drives use the former cheaper General Use discs, while many higher end professional drives use Authoring discs. The correct media type appropriate for the drive must be used when burning. However, once burned, the discs should be able to be read in either drive type. (General Use DVD-Rs are designed to prevent backup of encrypted commercial DVDs). DVD-RW uses rewritable discs which are rated at more than 1000 rewrites in ideal situations. Unfortunately, DVD-RW does not enjoy the same excellent compatibility with DVD-ROM drives and standalone DVD-Video players that DVD-R enjoys. Another drawback is that unlike DVD-RAM, one must generally erase a DVD-RW disc before reuse. Most DVD-RW drives should also be able to record to DVD-R. However, the reverse is not true. Many older and some current DVD-R drives are not capable of writing to DVD-RW discs (but may be able to read burned DVD-RW discs). Some drives can also record to CD-R and CD-RW. Currently DVD-RW and DVD-R have heavy penetration into the multimedia market as well as the general consumer market. For instance the Apple SuperDrive, found in higher end Mac computers used in multimedia creation, is simply a DVD-R/DVD-RW (and CD-R/CD-RW) capable drive. We have two DVD Burners that writes to this format media - PIONEER DVD-RA04 (E3011), and the DVD Starter Kit (K2001) which includes the Pioneer 104 DVD-R/RW Burner DVD+R and DVD+RW These two formats are backed by the DVD+RW Alliance. While these formats are not sanctioned by the DVD Forum, several members of the DVD+RW Alliance are also members of the DVD Forum. DVD+RW, like DVD-RW, is a rewriteable 4.7 GB DVD format. DVD+RW, however, in some ways offers some technical advantages, which for example include: lossless linking (which in turn more readily allows editing of a disc's contents after an initial write while maintaining integrity of the remaining data), currently slightly faster recording speeds, and optional future Mount Rainier drag-and-drop file access support (also known as DVD+MRW). However, DVD+RW does not have the very high compatibility with standalone DVD-video players and DVD-ROM drives that the DVD-R format enjoys. The level of compatibility of DVD+RW is said to be similar to that of DVD-RW. Also, DVD+RW does not currently have the same level of market penetration as DVD-R. DVD+R is a format that only was introduced to the public very recently (early 2002). DVD+R is a write-once 4.7 GB format which promises to dramatically increase the compatibility with standalone DVD-Video players and DVD-ROM drives. Whether that claim is fulfilled remains to be seen, but initial reports have been very positive. It must be noted, however, that 1st generation DVD+RW drives do not support DVD+R burning, and it is likely that most cannot be upgraded to do so either. If one wishes to have DVD+R burning functionality, one must purchase a newer drive specifically designed to do so. DVD+R discs currently are somewhat more expensive than DVD-R discs, but prices will likely drop with time. Burners that write to these discs is the HPDVD100i and the DVD-Writer DVD200i drive So what should I buy then? This is a very difficult question. The choice largely depends on one's usage environment and usage preferences. DVD-RAM offers very good support for data applications and is used in many professional environments, but the discs cannot be used in most DVD-Video players and DVD-ROM drives, making it less attractive for the average home user. A few newer DVD-Video players and recorders do support DVD-RAM however. DVD-RW/DVD-R has the highest market penetration and DVD-R offers the best proven support for video playback in standalone DVD-Video players. Not only is it very well supported for PC users, it is the format of choice for the Mac. DVD+RW/DVD+R is beginning to gain market share, and the data capabilities of DVD+RW do offer some advantage to DVD-RW. DVD+R compatibility with DVD-Video players is as yet (April 2002) not proven to be as high as DVD-R, but initial reports have been very favorable and suggest a significantly higher level of compatibility when compared to DVD+RW and DVD-RW. What about external DVD recordable drives? These drives exist in SCSI and IDE formats. Most external DVD recordable drives use essentially IDE drives with USB 2.0 or Firewire 1394a bridges and custom housing. These drives can be purchased as complete drives, or one may purchase standard 5.25" bay DVD recordable drives for use in a 3rd party USB 2.0 or Firewire enclosure. Let us know if you need an external burner, any of our DVD burners can be inserted into an external case for use with USB or Firewire interfaces.

CDR Information

Media

There are 2 basic building blocks of CD-R media: Organic Dye and Reflective Layer. Currently, there are few dye types that are out there:

•  Cyanine dye (blue)

•  Phthalocyanine and Advanced Phthalocyanine dye (faint aqua)

•  Metalized azo dye (dark blue)

•  Formazan dye (light green)

As for the reflective layer, it is either a silvery alloy or 24K Gold.

However, CD-RW media has an entirely different composition. The data side that is the opposite from the label side is a dark silvery gray.

CD-R Media Manufactures

Verbatim made the first Silver/Blue CDs.

Taiyo Yuden made the first Green CDs.

Mitsui Toatsu Chemicals (MTC) made the first Gold CDs.

Most CD-R brands are actually made by major disc manufacturers.

Which Media to Use

It is hard to say which kind of media should one use. One way to know is by trying it out on your recorder. Of course, some discs are more translucent than others. Speed is actually a more important factor to consider fro CD-R and CD-RW.

•  Ultra Speed - 8x-52x recording

•  High Speed - 4x-10x

•  Standard - 1x-16x.

It would be best to try some samples before you make a major purchase.

Media Brands

There is no guarantee that one brand is better than others. However, some brands are recommended more often than others. The Rack Stores use ONLY GRADE A CD-Rs and CD-RWs .

Some recommended brands are Mitsui, Ritek, Prodisc, Taiyo Yuden, and TDK.

The Life Span of CD-Rs.

It is been said that the cyanine dye can last to 75 years, Phthalocyanine dye to 100 years, or Advanced Phthalocyanine dye to 200 years once the disc has been written. The estimate life span of an unrecorded disc is between 5 and 10 years. Please note that exposing the disc to excessive heat, humidity, or direct sunlight will greatly reduce the lifetime. Keep them in a cool, dark, dry place!

How much data can a CD-R hold?

Standard CD-R: 74 Minute/650MB, 80 Minute/700MB, and 90 Minute/790MB

Mini CD-R (80mm/3 Inch): 21 Minute/184MB

Writing on/Labeling the Disc

Please be really careful since the disc is very sensitive. The wrong kind of ink or label can damage it. Only use labels that are specifically made for CD-Rs. For further information, please go to www.cdlabelrack.com

For the same reasons, use appropriate pens to write directly onto the surface of a disc. We recommend the sharpie Fine Point pen is recommended.

Please DO NOT try to peel a label off once it's on. Use a label applicator for best results.

Visit www.cdlabelrack.com or www.800dvdr.com for labels and labeling kits including applicators and software.

You can also buy printers that will write directly onto discs with a printable surface. One example is www.duplicationrackstore.com .

More information on CD-R labeling options can be found here www.cd-info.com/CDIC/Technology/CD-R/Labeling/

Jewel Cases and CD Sleeves

There are few options one can have in terms of packaging: single-disc jewel cases, double-sized doubles, single-sized doubles, slim jewel cases, soft or hard plastic, clear/black/colors cases, paper envelopes, cardboard sleeves, clear jewel cases with black trays, clear jewel cases with built-in trays, calendar jewel cases, CD pockets for use in three-ring binders, and so on and so forth.

You can find these at:

www.Jewelcaserack.com

www.cdcover4less.com

www.800dvd.com

www.cdlabelrack.com

"Unbranded" CD-R

Basically, it is a CD-R disc with nothing printed on the top surface. You have the option to add some printing or artwork on the disc. There is no difference in quality or capacity.

Mini CD-R and CD-RW: 80mm/3-inch

The write speed indicated in the product listing represents the top speed that the manufacturer certifies the disks can be written to. Therefore, if you have a drive that writes at any speed under that number (e.g. 4x, 8x, 24x, etc.), these disks will work perfectly. Mini discs fit in the small center depression in the tray of most CD-R burners and CD-ROM players. The CDRW media can be recorded over and over again (up to 1,000x) which is perfect for data backup, mastering, multimedia development and more. The rewritable feature is very beneficial, supports 21 minutes of recording or 150 MB of data. They are compatible with: any CDR, including Sony Movica Camera.

These mini discs can fit in all tray-based recorders. But please note that not all of them can actually record 80mm discs.

For further information, please go to www.cdrrack.com

Business Card CD-R and CD-RW

Primarily, there are two basic kinds of Business Card discs: curve and rectangular. Our focus is on customer service, and that means ensuring you get great prices on quality products. Therefore, we only sell "Grade A" blank discs. The write speed indicated in the product listing represents the top speed that the manufacturer certifies the disks can be written to. Therefore, if you have a drive that writes at any speed under that number (e.g. 4x, 8x, 24x, etc.), these disks will work perfectly.

Inkjet printable disks have a special top layer that allows the disk to be printed on directly by an inkjet disc printer. The special coatings are intended to reduce smearing and smudges and provide for a higher quality, more vibrant look. If you have a CD printer and are concerned about your writing/printing, these disks are for you. Otherwise, you may want to purchase the standard CD's and CD Labels, which can be found in the Labels section of our store.

These business card discs are the same size and shape as a traditional business card. They can have your name and contact information printed on the front. These discs can hold about 50MB.

For further information, please visit our sites:
www.businesscardcdrack.com
www.cdrrack.com

How do I clean CD-R and CD-RW discs?

Take a lint-free cloth and wipe from the center out. Preferable, wipe them by moving in a straight line from the hub to the outside and not moving in a circular motion. Be extra careful with CD-Rs You have to be a little more careful with CD-Rs than you are with pressed CDs, because the lacquer coating may not resist certain chemicals as well. Some CD-R discs all but fall apart when exposed to alcohol. Some really cheap ones start to dissolve in tap water. Your best bet is to just use a dry, clean, soft, lint-free cloth, like you would use to clean the lens of a camera.

Black Discs

A black disc is usually used for Playstation games. It has color added to the polycarbonate layer and the tint looks darker. The quality is slightly better than others. However, you will find that some discs just work better than others.

Silver Silver CDR

How do you know which side is which on silver/silver CD?

Few approaches:
•  Insert the Disc in the drive and you would know. If it uploads the data, it's the right side.
•  Some discs usually have numbers or letters printed near the hub. If the copy prints backwards, it is upside-down.
•  Tilt the disc up slightly and pay attention to the farthest edge. If you see some light through the polycarbonate, it is the wrong side. You should be able to see the label when it's the right side
The Difference Between The
Various DVD Recordable Formats
DVD RAM
DVD RAM is primarily used as a data solution. The current version 2 drives can handle 4.7 GB discs or double-sided 9.4 GB. Type 2 cartridges can be opened which is an advantage for some people who wish to read these discs in drives or standalone DVD Video players/recorders.
Theoretically, DVD-RAM allows more than 100,000 rewrites per disc. Also it has full random read/write access and defect management. These discs are formatted with the UDF format, FAT32 in Windows, and HFS+ for Mac, or others. The main disadvantage of DVD-RAM is its limited read compatibility in DVD-ROM drives and standalone DVD-Video players.
DVDR and DVDRW
DVDR is a write-once disc that allows excellent compatibility with both standalone DVD video players and DVD-ROM drives. There are two main types of 4.7 GB DVD-R discs: DVDR for General Use and DVDR for Authoring. Most consumer drives use the former cheaper General Use discs, while many higher end professional drives use Authoring discs. The correct media type appropriate for the drive must be used when burning. However, once burned, the discs should be able to be read in either drive type. (General Use DVD-Rs are designed to prevent backup of encrypted commercial DVDs).
DVD-RW is a rewritable disc  it allows more than 1,000 rewrites in ideal situations. Unfortunately, DVD-RW does not have the same compatibility with DVD-ROM drives and standalone DVD-Video players. In addition, one has to erase the data in order to reuse DVD-RW disc.
Most DVD-RW drives should also be able to record to DVD-R. Unfortunately, it is not the other way around.
DVD+R and DVD+RW
DVD+RW is a rewriteable 4.7 GB DVD format. DVD+RW allows editing of a disc's contents after an initial write while maintaining integrity of the remaining data. In addition, they slightly have faster recording speeds. However, DVD+RW does not have a high compatibility with standalone DVD-video players and DVD-ROM drives in comparison to the DVD-R format.
DVD+R is a write-once 4.7 GB formats that increases the compatibility with standalone DVD-Video players and DVD-ROM drives. One needs to have a newer drive to have DVD+R burning functionally.
What to Get
This is hard to say. Mostly, it would depend on one's usage environment and usage preferences. DVD-RAM, for instance, offers a good support for data applications. However, the discs cannot be used in most DVD-Video players and DVD-ROM drives. Although, some of the newer version of DVD players and recorders do support DVD-RAM.
DVD-RW/DVD-R has the highest market penetration. Not only it is very well supported for PC users, but also for the Mac.
DVD+RW/DVD+R is beginning to become more popular. This is not yet proven, however, DVD+R has been favorable and suggest having a significantly higher level of compatibility in comparison to DVD+RW and DVD-RW.

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