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DVD-R was first format that was developed by Pioneer and is used by most computer users today. These discs will work with most DVD players on market at time of writing.
DVD-RW is pretty much same as above but 'W' bit means disc is re-writeable. You can over-write existing data over and over again. You can usually write disc as much as upto a 1000 times! I would suggest practise writing to DVD-RW to stop wasting DVD's and then write to a DVD-R when you want a more permanent copy.
Then we have DVD+R DVD+RW. These discs will do same job as DVD-R and DVD-RW but tend to cost just a little more to buy. There is actually little difference between +R and -R. They are slightly more expensive but in most respects have same longevity and reliability as DVD-R.
Need for speed
Different DVD writers have different write speeds as well. DVD+R will burn faster than there counterparts DVD-R. The old write speed was 4x but now DVD writers can burn at 16x speeds. So if your dvd writer burns at 8x just make sure you buy discs that burn at 8x or whatever speed your drive is. Easy!
Creating That First Disc
You will find information regarding your DVD writer on box or in instructions like:
Recording Formats DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW
Recording Speeds 8x, 4x, 2.4x,
Connections USB, Firewire
Now you know that you can burn a DVD+R at 8x speed on your burner. Thats all you need to know in order to burn that first disc. What are you waiting for? Go and impress someone with your new found burning skills!
If you would like to get started with DVD copying then go now to http://www.dvd-burning.org to discover how you can make your first dvd quickly and easily in minutes!