Which is the right DVD format to use

Which is the right DVD format to use

Why are there different versions of the Live File System format?

Each version of the Live File System format is compatible with different operating systems. Depending on which computers you plan to use a disc in, you might need to select a different version of Live File System. If you plan to use your disc on a later version of Windows, however, you shouldn’t need to change the version of the Live File System you use. If you need to make discs that are compatible with earlier versions of Windows, use the following table to select the right Live File System version for your needs:

The following table describes Live File System versions and their appropriate uses.

Live File System version (UDF)Best for

1.50

This version is compatible with Windows 2000 (and later) and Windows Server 2003 (and later). It might not be compatible with Windows 98 computers.

2.00

This version is compatible with Windows XP (and later) and Windows Server 2003 (and later). It might not be compatible with Windows 98 and Windows 2000 computers.

2.01

This is the default version that’s compatible with Windows XP (and later) and Windows Server 2003 (and later). It might not be compatible with Windows 98 and Windows 2000 computers.

2.50

This version is designed for Windows Vista (and later). It might not be compatible with earlier versions of Windows.

 

What are the differences between the various kinds of CD and DVD discs?

The following table describes the different kinds of CDs and DVDs and provides information about their appropriate use.

DiscGeneral informationCapacityCompatibility

CD-ROM

Known as a read-only disc, usually used to store commercial programs and data. You can’t add or delete information on a CD-ROM.

650 MB

Highly compatible with most computers and devices.

CD-R

You can burn files to a CD-R more than once (each time is referred to as a session), but you can’t delete files from a Mastered disc. Each burn is permanent.

650 MB

700 MB

You must close the session to read this disc in a different computer. Highly compatible with most computers and devices.

CD-RW

You can burn files to a CD-RW more than once. You can also delete unwanted files from the disc to reclaim space and add additional files. A CD-RW can be burned and erased many times.

650 MB

Compatible with many computers and devices.

DVD-ROM

Known as a read-only disc, usually used to store commercial programs and data. You can’t add or delete information on a DVD-ROM.

4.7 GB

Highly compatible with most computers and devices.

DVD-R

You can burn files to a DVD-R more than once (each time is referred to as a session), but you can’t delete files from the disc. Each burn is permanent.

4.7 GB

You must close the session to read this disc in a different computer. Highly compatible with most computers and devices.

DVD+R

You can burn files to a DVD+R more than once (each time is referred to as a session), but you can’t delete files from the disc. Each burn is permanent.

4.7 GB

You must close the session to read this disc in a different computer. Compatible with many computers and devices.

DVD-RW

You can burn files to a DVD-RW more than once (each time is referred to as a session). You can also delete unwanted files from the disc to reclaim space and add additional files. A DVD-RW can be burned and erased many times.

4.7 GB

You don’t need to close the session to read this disc in another computer. Compatible with many computers and some devices.

DVD+RW

You can burn files to a DVD+RW more than once (each time is referred to as a session). You can also delete unwanted files from the disc to reclaim space and add additional files. A DVD+RW can be burned and erased many times.

4.7 GB

You don’t need to close the session to read this disc in another computer. Compatible with many computers and some devices.

DVD-RAM

You can burn files to a DVD-RAM more than once. You can also delete unwanted files from the disc to reclaim space and add additional files. A DVD-RAM can be burned and erased many times.

2.6 GB

4.7 GB

5.2 GB

9.4 GB

DVD-RAM discs can generally be used only in DVD-RAM drives and might not be readable by DVD players and other devices.

DVD-R DL

You can burn files to a DVD-R DL more than once (each time is referred to as a session), but you can’t delete files from a Mastered disc. Each burn is permanent.

8.5 GB

You must close the session to read this disc in a different computer. Compatible with some computers and newer DVD players.

DVD+R DL

You can burn files to a DVD+R DL more than once (each time is referred to as a session), but you can’t delete files from a Mastered disc. Each burn is permanent.

8.5 GB

You must close the session to read this disc in a different computer. Compatible with some computers and newer DVD players.

BD-R

You can burn files to a BD-R once (in one session), but you can’t delete files from the disc. Each burn is permanent.

25 GB

You must close the session to read this disc in a different computer. Compatible with computers running Windows 7.

BD-R DL

You can burn files to a BD-R DL once (in one session), but you can’t delete files from the disc. Each burn is permanent.

50 GB

You must close the session to read this disc in a different computer. Compatible with computers running Windows 7.

BD-RE

You can burn files to a BD-RE more than once (each time is referred to as a session). You can also delete unwanted files from the disc to reclaim space and add additional files. A BD-RE can be burned and erased many times.

25 GB

You don’t need to close the session to read this disc in another computer. Compatible with computers running Windows 7.

BD-RE DL

You can burn files to a BD-RE DL more than once (each time is referred to as a session). You can also delete unwanted files from the disc to reclaim space and add additional files. A BD-RE DL can be burned and erased many times.

50 GB

You don’t need to close the session to read this disc in another computer. Compatible with computers running Windows 7.

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