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What is a Dual Layer DVD +/- R?

DVD DLHawksM22 September 2009

Most people who know anything about computers know that they are able to record and store their files on CDs and DVDs. They may even know that different kinds of storage media work better for different files. However, they may not know exactly what a dual layer disc is or why it is beneficial.

First, you need to understand how a dual layer disc is different from a regular recordable DVD. The dual layer discs have a second layer (thus the name), that is on the disc. When you have a drive that is able to read and record on the discs, the drive will shine its laser through the first layer to reach the second layer.

The Dual Layer DVD-R and DVD+R can store far more data than one of the regular DVD-Rs or DVD+Rs. The single layer discs that you might have lying around your office can hold 4.7 gigabytes worth of data. While this might seem like quite a lot of space to have on your disc, the dual layer discs can hole twice as much at 8.54 gigabytes.

Recordable DVD has two formats, plus R (+R) and minus R (-R).  Typically minus R (-R) is the most widely used for format single layer DVD, however plus R (+R) is the most widely used format for DVD DL or dual layer DVD. So…….. stick with +R for dual layer DVD and -R for single layer DVD. We get that question alot.

The cost of the dual layer discs can be much higher than single layered discs, and considering the extra amount of space that you have for storage, they are certainly worth the price difference. If you have a lot of data that you want to keep in one place rather than storing it on several discs, then the dual layer discs might be just the thing you need.

However, while they can hold extra data, it does take longer to write to these discs. If this is a factor, then you may wish to continue using the single layer discs.

Most of the DVD recorders and drives on the market today are compatible with these dual layer discs, so you don’t have to worry about using something that your drive won’t be able to read. You should have no trouble, but you might want to do a test run and buy just one disc to make sure that everything works fine.

Something that you should note is that you might get a pause when the laser changes layers. This is something that happens with all of these dual layer discs and it isn’t something you need to worry about and it isn’t a problem with your disc or your drive.

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Verbatim DataLifePlus DVD, CD and Blu-ray Media

VerbatimHawksM11 September 2009

Verbatim is one of the most well known names when it comes to DVD-R, CD-R, DVD DL and Blu-ray media. They have a great reputation for quality and reliability. Many people see Verbatim brand media in their local stores when shopping for blank media. It is important to look for media that has Verbatim’s DataLifePlus distinction when shopping for blank media. Many times stores will only stock the lower grade media form Verbatim.  DataLifePlus means the disc is of professional grade, which is important for the quality and longevity of the disc. DataLifePlus is higher quality because the dye layer is thicker.  The dye layer is where the data is stored when burning a CD or DVD. Inexpensive or generic discs tend to have very thin dye layers which can lead to failed discs during the burning process. A thin dye layer could also lead to data loss and data corruption within 1 year. When you have important files that you need stored and kept safe, you want to have a disk that you know is not going to fail your or corrupt your files.

DataLifePlus discs incorporate Verbatim’s proprietary Metal Azo recording dye technology, fine-tuned to produce exceptional results at the highest write speeds, while maintaining compatibility with lower speed recording devices and assuring long archival lifetimes for important data. DataLifePlus DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs are manufactured utilizing a patented phase-change recording layer, Super Eutectic Recording Layer (SERL), which minimizes noise during write/rewrite cycles and provides superior archival stability.

Because the drives of today are faster and more powerful than they were just a few years ago, it makes burning discs more susceptible to failure during the recording/burn process.  Verbatim DataLifePlus media performs excellent with various recording speeds and various drive manufacturers. Verbatim DataLifeDiscs are tested for compatibility with all the leading drive manufacturers.

No matter what type of files you need to place on blank media, you can be sure that Verbatim DataLifePlus media will perform extremely well. No one wants to lose any of their files, so it is important that you use a quality DVD-R, CD-R, DVD+R DL or Blu-ray Disc.

Shop for Verbatim DataLifePlus Media:
Verbatim DVD-R
Verbatim CD-R
Verbatim BD-R

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