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Old 09-23-2003, 04:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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DVD-R's

Ok folks, what are all the pro's and cons concerning owning a dvd-rw.

What can you really do with it besides being able to backup a ton of crap.

I own a dvd player as well, can i simply copy dvd's i *buy* and have backup copies, similar to vcr's. And once i get an xbox, what can be done with it? Copy games?
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Old 09-23-2003, 04:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Right now there isn't a one-set standard. So make sure you get a write that will do both.
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Old 09-23-2003, 05:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Right now there isn't a one-set standard. So make sure you get a write that will do both.
Exactly. Add to that, you can't just burn a copy of your dvds. You'll have to buy a program like DVD XCopy first. I'm sure there is copy protection on the XBox games, so I don't think that you can just copy the games. (We don't allow warez, serials, etc. here, so don't ask about how to copy it.)
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Old 09-23-2003, 06:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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IMO, DVD Shrink is better than DVD XCopy and it's much cheaper.... $0. I use mine to make copies of DVDs so I can leave the originals in the safety of my house while I have the copies here in my dorm room. I also use my burner to make copies of anime I download(unlicensed, it's legal) because depending on quality I can usually fit an entire season on one disc instead of having a bunch of cd-r.

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Old 09-23-2003, 06:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ok folks, what are all the pro's and cons concerning owning a dvd-rw.
There are no cons that I know of, other than the price. No pun intended. You can do all kinds of things with programs such as X-Copy and DVD decrypter, as well as video editing if that interests you. And of course DVDs hold much more info than CDs.

CompUSA has crazy sales on DVD-R/+R media all the time, sometimes as low as $1.99 per disc, making things quite affordable.
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Old 09-23-2003, 07:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: DVD-R's

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And once i get an xbox, what can be done with it? Copy games?
thanks..
Console discs are unreadable by standard computer CD/DVD drives--as a way to deter piracy. The computer won't recognize it, and a retail console won't recognize a standard burned CD/DVD copy of a game. Although I think the Xbox has optional software that allows it to read some audio and image files off a standard burned CD, and will of course play retail DVDs and music CDs. But I'm not sure if the Xbox or PlayStation supports VCD/SVCD.
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Old 09-23-2003, 08:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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DVD-R work fine for me. I have used +R also, but it is not worth the extra cost as I see no difference. -R is for general use. +R is for master disks. You can get them for a little over a buck a piece <a href="http://www.cyberguys.com/templates/SearchAll.asp?search=dvd%2Dr&child=&curpage=2&ureq=y">here</a>, Cyberguys. Add some shipping it is still a good deal.

An explanation of -R, +R, RW, DVDRAM is <a href="http://www.dvdrhelp.com/dvd"> here</a>.

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