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Old Feb 17, 2003, 04:52 AM
out4justice out4justice is offline
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Default buying a DVD +R burner, but i've got a question...

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I'm buying a Ricoh MP5125A dvd burner. Thing is though, it doesn't have any DVD -R/RW support, only supports DVD +R/RW discs.

now, i'm not sure about buying it cause if i want to copy a backup disc, it will most probably be on a DVD -R disc.

Is this burner worth buying?

Or should i buy a Pioneer DVR-A05 which only supports DVD -R?

Thanks, i realise this is a stupid question but i need some feedback ;P
Old Feb 17, 2003, 05:14 AM
ssjgoku4ever ssjgoku4ever is offline
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you have to buy a DVD-R burner if you want to burn DVD-R disks, and most PS2's only read DVD-R disks.

Old Feb 17, 2003, 01:52 PM
jesterrace777 jesterrace777 is offline
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The two drives that everyone here will recommend are the sony dru500a which supports both + and -. It will burn dvd+r at 4x (with the firmware upgrade) and dvd-r at 4x. This drive can be difficult to find sometimes though and it will run you about $350 from most places. The other are the Pioneer/Cendyne drives. PC World recently rated the Top 10 dvd burners and the sony dru500a and PioneerA05 definitely stood out from the rest and were both given a best to buy approval. I agree that for PS2 backups that -R is more universal in it's compatibility with all versions of PS2 (not saying that some people won't get +R to work in different versions of PS2). Both DVD-R and DVD+R are pretty close with compatibility. DVD+R=83% and DVD-R=88%. I hope this helps.
Old Feb 17, 2003, 01:55 PM
jesterrace777 jesterrace777 is offline
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Sorry about the double post but I forgot to specify those last figures were for compatibility with playing recorded DVD movies in stand alone DVD players.
Old Feb 17, 2003, 03:50 PM
WARP MAN WARP MAN is offline
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Got that model Ricoh. Good drive if you decide to go with it.

Seemed to me you wanted to know about copying a dvd-r to a dvd+r with this drive.

This is no problem, like most normal dvd drives it can read dvd-r, but as said in earlier posts if you want to burn on -r you'll need a -r burner.

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Old Feb 17, 2003, 07:39 PM
jesterrace777 jesterrace777 is offline
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Check out the cendyne105 special this week at staples $189.94 and if you search you can find extra coupon discounts on the net to make it even cheaper. It is the exact same drive as the A05 minus a couple of software programs. I hope this helps

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